Edith Worman Varga was offered part-time employment at
Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey while in high school and
then opted for on-the-job training to become a full-time
gauge draftsperson at the plant after graduation. The
opportunity to earn her own money enabled her to
become more independent, as did other women during that time. Most of her supervisors
were male, but men and women employed at the Arsenal did the
same kinds of work and performed the same tasks.
Working provided Ms. Varga with a sense of
accomplishment and the ambition to pursue
other goals. Her employment lasted until the war ended, when
most women were laid off,
although some women were rehired and continued to work at the Arsenal.
She, like many
of the employees, never fully realized the impact their work had on the war
effort until much