Supervising Women Workers

US 1944

During the war, women played a critical role in the arms race. Interestingly, democratic America was quicker in deploying women in the work force than Nazi Germany, where, for ideological reasons, women were accepted only reluctantly. Especially in post-1945 Germany, women were mainstays of industry—scores of men had been either killed or were prisoners of war. That is why Supervising Women Workers was released so quickly in German movie theaters in a breathtakingly badly dubbed version titled Die Frau als Fabrikarbeiterin (The Woman as Factory Worker). Unfortunately, that version is not online. The delightful commentary on the film’s website is a must-read.

Video, 11 min