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1940s

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Photo of Girl Scouts collecting scrap metal. © GSUSA. All rights reserved.Photo of Girl Scouts standing in front of an airplane. © GSUSA. All rights reserved.

Left: Girl Scouts collect scrap metal for recycling for the war effort.
Right: Girl Scouts learn about aviation through the Wing Scout program.

 

 

The mood of the nation took on a serious tone after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The need for skilled American service people led to the creation of the women's auxiliary corps of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Women met the needs of the nation by taking on jobs in factories that were once occupied by men. The charter for the United Nations was signed by 51 nations.