What Would Your 1940s Job Be?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

The 1940s were a time of opportunity for women to break out of the "traditional" roles such as nursing, secretarial or teaching careers. That's because women were needed to fill the roles of millions of men who joined the armed forces to fight in World War II.

Suddenly women could be bank tellers, store owners and even aircraft mechanics. Factories needed more workers and the country needed more hands to help the war effort. And even those women whose husbands ran the family farm now suddenly found themselves driving tractors and trucks to keep the farm running. This phenomenon of getting women into the work force was symbolized by the iconic cartoon character "Rosie the Riveter."

Whether you could imagine your skill set being used in the medical field or the advertising industry, this quiz will help you see yourself in the 1940s entering the work world. You'll be asked a series of questions about your outlook on life, your likes, dislikes and your social interactions. Your answers will help us match you with the futuristic vision or propaganda insight you might bring to the pre- through post- World War II era. Take the quiz now and see how you would drive the country with your hard work. 

Do you love the great outdoors?

Do you play well with others?

Do you like the idea of a consumerist society?

Are you creative?

Do you like helping people?

How much do you love money?

How much integrity do you have?

Do you love to study?

Do you want a job that is the same during and after the war?

Would you be OK being a pioneering woman in a formerly male-dominated field?

Do you like to get your hands dirty?

Are you looking at the stars?

Are you a fan of Jules Verne?

Do you like to travel?

Do you need accolades for your work?

How glamorous is your work?

Do you like animals?

Do you like having lots of ideas and only using one?

Can you accept failure on a massive scale without getting downcast?

Can you draw?

Do you think long term?

Do you like the Baby Boomer culture?

Do you want to be a pioneer?

Do you need a steady job?

Do you want to keep regular hours?

Do you like seasonal work?

What do you want to wear at work?

Who do you want to work with?

Who is your real world hero?

Who is your fictional role model?

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