With the men away fighting in WWII, women had to fill in at the workplace. Now that they had the right to vote and were taking a more active role in the workplace, strength was in. The strong woman was the ideal body type in the 1940s; however, it was a much different “strong” body type than we see in today’s culture. Since the craze for working out hadn’t swept the nation yet, the strong body type didn’t have the same muscle definition that we see in today’s strong women. These weren’t women with six packs but rather women with solid legs and arms, able to do everyday tasks with ease. They still had curves but arms and legs that were able bodied, like many of the pin-up girls of the day. Betty Grable, pictured above, had the ideal body type of the time. Her legs even earned the nickname the “Million Dollar Legs”.