History of Working Women

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A Brief History of Working Women “ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has,” commented Margaret Mead after a lifetime of observing diversity in cultures from around the world. After 150 years of fighting for equality among the sexes, people today have no idea of the struggle that women went through so that women of future generations could have the same privileges as men. Several generations have come since the women’s right movement and the women of these generations have different opportunities in family life, religion, government, employment, and education that women have fought for. The women’s rights movement began with a small group of…show more content…
The factories were very dangerous and unhealthy, and women were getting paid half the wages of men. The women were not unionized because the labor union said that they had to hire many women to replace one man and that the skilled tasks were broken into several less skilled task. They had no protection, so their lungs and skin were exposed to dangerous chemicals. Many women worked in munitions factories, where they worked with sulfur. The sulfur actually made their skin turn yellow. These women were given the name canaries’, because people recognized them because the importance of their job, it was not used as a term of abuse. Eventually women started their own union The National Women’s Trade Union League, still their wages were not raised. Women had a hard time adjusting to a lot of changes, but they preserved. Women were not only asked to step up and help in the workforce, enlist as nurses but also to provide entertainment for our troops fighting overseas. During the war, women were viewed as important and respected for their part in fighting the war. Images of women were displayed on posters and postcards were provided to the men in battle for inspiration. Society wanted women to focus on having children because with so many people dying; there would be a population decline. However, the role of women did not remain this way after the war. After the war women were expected to
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