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Special Collections and Archives: Through the Decades with GSU Women: 1940-1949

This timeline chronicles significant events of women at Georgia State University.


Note: Dates of siginificance for Georgia State University are shown in boldface print.


Girls now represent more than half of all students in high school. (Of the total school-age population, 73% are in high school.)

One-fifth of white women and one-third of black women are wage earners. Sixty percent of the black women are domestics, compared with 10% of white women. Among Japanese American women workers, almost 38% are in agriculture and 24% in domestic service.


The United States enters World War II, and a massive media campaign by government and industry persuades women to take jobs supporting the war effort, themselves, and their families. Almost 7 million women respond, with 2 million as industrial "Rosie the Riveters," and 400,000 joining the military.


Throughout the war years, women's enrollment in high numbers allows the University System of Georgia Extension Center to remain open.


A nursing cadet program is established at GSU.


The G.I. Bill passes, providing educational benefits to World War II veterans, with women using only about 3% of those benefits.


Women industrial workers begin to lose their jobs in large numbers to returning service men, although a survey shows 80% want to continue working. The Equal Pay for Equal Work bill is again introduced into Congress. It finally passes in 1963.


The school becomes the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia. Enrollment following the war is up. Nell H. Trotter leaves to raise family.

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