Essay on The Effect of World War II on American Women

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The Effect of World War II on American Women America entered the 2nd World War in December 1940 after the Japanese Air force attacked American war ships at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii. They fought alongside Britain and France against Nazi Germany and her allies. Although many American soldiers were injured and killed in the war, the impact on Americans back home was generally positive, as the US was too far away from Europe to suffer from bombing etc. America was far better off than it had been before. I feel that the group of people who were most affected by the impact of ww2 were Black Americans. Before the war Black Americans were extremely mistreated; they were unfairly segregated, discriminated…show more content…
I therefore feel that black Americans were the most affected by the impact of war because the war permanently and dramatically increased the standard of living for better. The increase in the NAACP membership shows us that more people began to care about the victims of this cruel racial prejudice. In the long term the war had permanently strengthened the confidence for a better life of many Black Americans. Also because Black Americans helped greatly in the war this would help them press for their rights and one new law was passed which would eventually help them live a happier life. Women were yet another group of people who were affected by ww2. During the 1930’s, before the war, sexual discrimination was worse than ever as during the Depression people thought men should have all the available jobs. All women were domestic workers staying at home to tend to the children. If women worked they would have only been working in offices or other low paid domestic jobs. They were considered extremely inferior to men. However, the war years increased job opportunities as over 6 million women went to work in war factories which made war equipment and had learnt new skills that had previously only been used by men. Working in the factories brought women higher wages than they
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