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During World War II, women were called upon to enter to the workforce to keep the American economy moving as millions of men were called to serve in the armed forces. By the end of 1945, some 250,000 women were working on railroads throughout the United States. While many worked in an office setting as telegraphers or station agents, some worked in the mechanical shops and along the right of ways.These pioneers helped blaze a path for the many successful women in today’s railroad industry.