Essay American Women of World War II

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Before 1939, women were looked at as weak, incompetent and incapable of doing a man’s job. However, when World War II broke out, women were called to maintain the jobs that the men once occupied and t became evident that America’s best chance for success in World War II would have to include the efforts of American females. Women played a key role during World War II in the U.S. More than six million women took wartime jobs in factories, three million volunteered with the Red Cross, and over 200,000 served in the military. Through these jobs women were able to show society that they were capable of doing bigger and better things. Women also realized that they enjoyed this taste of freedom and wanted to continue this lifestyle even after…show more content…
Partly based on a real-life munitions worker, but primarily a fictitious character, the tenacious Rosie became one of the most iconic images of working women in this time period. Instead of being seen as weak and inadequate, Rosie showed women as being tough and equal to men. She symbolized the woman worker and illustrated that she was a strong and capable woman, which is why so many women decided to follow her. In movies, newspapers, posters, photographs and articles, the Rosie the Riveter campaign stressed the need for women to enter the work force and take part in war efforts. After the war, Rosie was still used to promote the feminist movement in the 1980s. She still remains a symbol of women empowerment and stresses the idea that women deserve equal opportunities. After the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on America at Pearl Harbor, the U.S. was thrust into World War II and the daily lives of Americans across the country were drastically altered. Women were now responsible for most jobs on the home front. They were called upon to take over the roles formerly held by men when so many of them were overseas. World War II opened up tremendous opportunities for women because so many jobs were opened that were previously unavailable to women. People just assumed that women wouldn’t be able to do them. During the war the demand for raw materials was rapidly increasing, which made their job that much more
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