The Aftermath Of World War II

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In the aftermath of World War II, the lives of the women changed dramatically. Women spoke their minds out and wanted to be heard. World War II brought them a new outlook on how they should live their lives (Napikoski). It encouraged women to organize social movements such as boycotts and public marches, pushing for their human rights and protection against discrimination. Alongside, they formed their own organization representing them against the federal government like the NOW or National Organization for Women (Napikoski). Through the years, women have been struggling to fight for equal rights and unfortunately still exist even at the present in some areas. Yes, women 's status was not like what they used to back then, where their roles…show more content…
For example, back then being a police officer was thought to be a man 's job. Nowadays, one can see a woman entering different fields of occupation like in law, carpentry, medicine and sports. This proves that women have as equal rights as men. The most influential and raging wave was the second and it started in the 60s (The Feminist Movement). As America came out of its depression in the 30s and entered WWII women were urged to join the labor force, taking the place of men, and support the war effort. “More than six million women worked outside the home for the first time, as wartime propaganda support and for the men of their country” (Kryger). The very iconic image of Rosie the Riveter comes to mind immediately. She stood for women everywhere taking jobs originally only thought to be for men. After the war ended and men returned home women as a whole were expected to return to the kitchen. Many women were fired. Although, many women returned to the title of housewife willingly, others refused (Kryger). It caused a wave of women’s voices screaming for equality. The 60s and 70s wave’s main goals were equality in the work place, affirmative action, and reproductive rights (Napikoski). “Many anti-feminists criticized women for working, claiming that they lead to the breakdown of their families and furthermore the breakdown of society” (Kryger). Women began creating meeting places
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