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15 October 1981 (Australia) See more »
Documentary about women working in factories during WWII and resultant loss of jobs after the war. Five women tell their stories. Fascinating clips of racist, sexist propaganda of the era. | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)
Wanita Allen ... Herself
Gladys Belcher ... Herself
Lyn Childs ... Herself
Lola Weixel ... Herself
Margaret Wright ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Allie ... Herself (archive footage)
Marynia Farnham ... Herself (archive footage)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)

Directed by
Connie Field 
Produced by
Connie Field .... producer
Film Editing by
Connie Field 
Lucy Massie Phenix 
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... re-recording mixer
Jenny Stein .... assistant sound editor
Editorial Department
Liz Randol .... assistant editor (as Liza Randol)
Music Department
David Litwin .... music adaptor
Larry Morton .... music adaptor

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USA:65 min (Sundance Channel Library Print)
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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1996.See more »
Lyn Childs:We'd never had any opportunity to do that kind of work. Do you think that if you did domestic work all of your life where you cleaned somebody's toilets and did all the cooking for some lazy characters who were sitting on top, and you finally got a chance where you can get a dignified job, you wouldn't fly through the door?See more »
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References The Gang's All Here (1943)See more »


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Historically significant., 23 October 2015
Author: somejava

You should find this interesting if you have an interest in learning about the social issues that were going on in the U.S. during WWII. You won't read about the subject of this film in any history book. Both from a feminist and a racial perspective. Admittedly, I wasn't born yet. So I wasn't a witness. But I had just always assumed that during WWII all of the prejudices had been put aside for the country to pull together. At least that's what certain aspects of historical propaganda had led me to believe. But this film set me straight. My mother and father were both a part of that generation. They're both gone now. The people of the country (and the world) endured a lot. From the Great Depression through the end of the war and much in between. Watching this showed me why my mother and my grandmother were so strong.

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