In honor of Labor Day, I’m showing a few great magazine covers from the early 1940s. Labor Day has been around since the late 19th century, and was originally associated with the labor union movement. Today, of course, it honors all workers and their contributions to the country.
Many women worked outside the home before World War II, especially as factory (and sweatshop) workers in the textiles and clothing industries. But it took the massive effort of WWII to bring about the respectability of women working in jobs that were previously considered to be the male domain. But leave it to Vogue and Bazaar to send the message that a woman could be a pilot (note the shoes) or a banker, or a farmer, and still look chic and feminine.