Gender Roles And Social Issues In The Post-WWII Era

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Every post-war era in United States history is composed of a period of social revolution. Ideas about gender roles and economic class change as the country attempts to redefine itself and its morals in the wake of a devastating conflict. Although the Great Depression was fifteen years removed from the First World War, social issues of the time resemble the same issues that were pertinent in the immediate post-war era as well as American issues in the post-WWII era. In a lot of ways, they are still the issues we are facing nearly a century later. Many women were forced to work during the war to supplement their husband’s income while he was deployed overseas but when he returned, their help was no longer needed or desired. When the Great Depression hit in 1929, women who were still in the workplace or who sought jobs so that they could feed their families faced accusations that their position in the workplace were preventing men from obtaining jobs for their families. When the Depression ended and the United States became involved in World War II, women were again forced to work to supplement their husbands income, and yet again expected to leave the workforce when men returned home from war. During the time period from 1932-1945, social issues were addressed in film as both a moral boost during hard times and a criticism of society. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) boosted the moral of moviegoers during the Great Depression with its flashy costumes and dreams of being “in the
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