The Direct And Indirect Involvement Of Women During The War I And World War II

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The direct and indirect involvement of women in Australian wars since 1914 to 1945 is closely related to the nature of each war and their role in society. Women’s identity had adjusted as they transitioned into the ‘men’s workforce’ after their role of caring for their children and managing their home. After all, the war brought about solid evidence of a changed world once women were employed in work that was once seen as beyond their capabilities. Judith Smart along with other historians have argued the involvement of women in both World War I and World War II and how the wars have structured the duties of women in Australia.1 Evidence suggests that war has brought both significant improvements and consequences for women in Australia. They were empowered by wars to participate socially, economically and politically to gain not only gender equity, but for global sustainability.

Judith Smart demonstrates the beneficial role played by women with moral authority during both wars. The war provided women with the opportunity to have political power and an influential voice for women’s rights. Women were not encouraged to participate in political and economic components of society and at first, were discouraged by the government.1 It became clear that the war had a higher demand then what the government had expected. Women’s largest concern during World War I and II was the cost of living so women began constructing a self-conscious identity for themselves as consumers to gain…

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