Made the magnificent sum of $33 a week all through World War II. But at that time that $33 a week paid my rent and my groceries and my phone bills, everything. Independent living and loving every moment of it.
—Nellie Wilson on her wartime job with the A. O. Smith Corporation in Milwaukee
via: Patty Loew, “The Back of the Homefront: Black and American Indian Women in Wisconsin During World War II,” Wisconsin Magazine of History v. 82, no. 2 (1998-1999)