September 9, 2008
DIPLOMA PROGRAM FOR WORLD WAR II FEMALE-FACTORY WORKERS
By: Ryan F. O'Neil, Research Assistant
You asked if Connecticut has or had a program to award high school diplomas to women who left school to work in factories during World War II.
The state has never had such a program. State statute allows a local or regional board of education to award a diploma only to a veteran of World War II who left school to enter the armed forces and did not receive a diploma as a consequence of his or her service (CGS § 10-221a(g)).
State law defines the armed forces as the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force and any reserve component thereof, including the Connecticut National Guard (CGS § 27-103(a)(1)).