1941The federal government encouraged the employment of women in fish processing plants.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry, Women's History

Women at Work, 1943, Port of Embarkation, Boston, Records of the Chief of Transportation, Record Group 336, NARA -Northeast Region (Boston) https://www.archives.gov/boston/exhibits/homefront
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Established in 1941 for the purpose of assuring the most effective mobilization and utilization of the national manpower, the War Manpower Commission emphasizes the need “for encouraging employees to adopt more fishing jobs to the employment of women … women can do much of the work in fish processing plants that formerly was considered for men only.”

Fisheries, NOAA. “Northeast Fisheries Historical Highlights: A Timeline | NOAA Fisheries.” NOAA, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/new-england-mid-atlantic/about-us/northeast-fisheries-historical-highlights-timeline Executive Order 9139 Establishing the War Manpower Commission. | The American Presidency Project. https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/executive-order-9139-establishing-the-war-manpower-commission
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