The Fear Of Women And Women In The War

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The United States entered the war with something to prove, and enough attitude behind them to make a difference. Men and women alike flocked to volunteer after such events like Pearl Harbor, and once the men had left to fight the big fight, women found themselves left behind. The psychological day to day of these women is a seemingly insurmountable mountain of odds all stacked on top of each other. People were worried about losing everything, about the spread of Hitler and his fascist ways. Wartime weddings in the midst of a questionable tomorrow left thousands upon thousands of women without their husbands. In a time of war with their loved ones off to face the Axis monsters, there arose a fear of helplessness and abandonment. Concerned…show more content…
The strength that women showed only proved how tough women could be against all odds. As women across the nation were charging forth beneath a mountain of circumstances, looking closer at African American women left on the Homefront reveals an added layer of struggle for them due to the color of their skin. Civil Rights movement was still two decades in the future, but that did not stop the infectious spirit that drove African American women living in the United States to volunteer. It is only natural in this time for the push back against them to be greater than the pushback against white women. African-American women would apply for jobs alongside white women and be told they either did not get the job or could accept an opening in a lesser or more demeaning job. There was a hierarchy in companies, and African-American women checked enough boxes to be at the very bottom of the list. Any cutbacks or layoffs would be primarily focused within the already struggling minority workforce, with the idea that any black woman hired would be the first fired. This resulted in them receiving the most grueling and bottom-rung jobs, such as janitorial positions at factories where white women were getting to play Rosie the Riveter. There were attempts going as high as President Theodore Roosevelt to ease the entrance of the African American community in the workforce.
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