The wardrobe of working women in the 1940s
Keefe, April Nicole
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Women in the 1940s came into the workforce in large numbers, taking over jobs in both factories and the white-collar sector. This study’s goal was to learn what professional dress advice white-collar women were given, and compare it to what professional women wore in the movies made in and set in the same decade. In order to accomplish this, the decade was split into two “half-decades;” one from 1941 to 1946, and the other from 1947 to 1949. Various magazines and newspapers were reviewed for professional advice, and nine movies were viewed. The conclusion was that the advice and movies from 1941 to 1946 had a relationship, and those from 1947 to 1949 did not.