Grade 5-8 A fascinating view of a pivotal time in U.
S. history. Zeinert clearly presents the contributions of American women from Jacqueline Cochran, the head of the Woman's Air Force Service Pilots (WASP), through "Rosie the Riveter," to every aspect of the war effort. Throughout, the stress is on the willingness and capability of the women to step into traditionally male-dominated professions and the uphill battle they faced to be accepted in these fields. The opposition may not surprise young readers, but its viciousness may. Zeinert does not overlook the irony that while the women were striving to be accepted without prejudice against their sex, racial segregation was the rule within their divisions. Profiles of well-known figures such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Bourke-White as well as familiar people are interspersed throughout. Black-and-white photographs, mostly well reproduced, enhance the text. Schools will find this title useful both for reports on World War II and women's history, but it is so readable that it should find an audience despite its somewhat uninviting format. Young readers will want to know more about the women mentioned in the text. Unfortunately, most have yet to make it to the biography shelves.?Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.