OK- this is a little bizarre and totally would never happen in this day and age- but during WWI some women working in weapons manufacturing in England turned yellow. Yellow? Yep, yellow- their skin turned yellow and their hair turned highlighter orange. It was so common they were nicknamed “canary girls”. Some of them even claimed their baby’s were born yellow too. Why were they yellow and why was this OK???
During WWI weapons factories filled up with women, because the men were all away fighting. These girls were the predecessors to “Rosie the Riveter”. In England they were affectionately known as Munitionettes. Cute right? They sound like a cheerleading squad- I bet they had cute outfits right?!? Seriously though, they worked in extreme conditions, long hours, handling dangerous chemicals, in a time when the technology was new and largely untested. These girls were BRAVE. Doing their bit for the war effort and the fight for women’s equality.