The Women Who Powered World War 2, All In Color

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Wikipedia Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, California.

We recognize them from ‘Rosie the Riveter’ recruitment posters, but the female workforce of World War II provided us with much more than colorful kitsch. More than six million women joined the workforce during the War, and by 1942, the estimated proportion of jobs deemed acceptable for women shot up from roughly 29 to 85 percent. Women rose to the occasion and carried out tasks once considered out of their “reach”, feeling that it was their duty to support their short-handed country during times of conflict. All of this, in spite of the fact that their home had done little to support or empower women in its nearly 200-year history.

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What We Love This Week, Volume XCVI

Spring China

Chinese blacksmiths carry on a 300-year tradition in Nuanquan, Hebei Province. Each year, they throw ladles of molten iron against brick walls to create the illusion of fireworks. Source: The Atlantic

Spring’s Big Thawing Act–In Photos

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Illuminated daisy petals in Frankfurt, Germany. Source: The Atlantic

Rejoice, Northern Hemispherers: the vernal equinox has arrived, and with it comes more sunshine, warmer temperatures and the possibility of finding happiness in places besides your bed and the neighborhood bar. The Atlantic has curated an excellent series of photos highlighting the changing of the seasons around the world, and we highly recommend you check it out.

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Grand Central Station During World War Two

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So integral to New York’s cultural landscape and physical infrastructure, if the Nazis had their way during the War Grand Central Station would not be standing today. Throughout World War II millions of servicemen would pass through the hub on their way to and from the war front, which made it a prime target for bombing. In fact, in 1942 four German spies had plans to destroy Grand Central Station but were quickly apprehended.

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The Stories Of Central American Immigrants That Most News Sources Won’t Tell You About

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Being caught by Mexican police almost always means deportation back to Central America. Business Insider

We hear about the “problem” of illegal immigration every day either through news broadcasts or mind-boggling statistics, but what does the process actually look like to those participating in it? Photographer Michelle Frankfurter set out to answer just that, spending five years documenting the sometimes fatal journey that many migrants take from Guatemala to Mexico–all in hopes of landing in the United States.

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