The Great Depression And Women 's Involvement During World War II

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January 8,2015 1930’s: Womens Movement In the 1930s, The Great Depression swept over America and life was greatly affected. Poverty, unemployment, and homelessness grew in the East causing women to get more involved with the daily activities outside of the household. In “The Grapes Of Wrath” most men went to work, either in factories or on the lands, while the women stayed home. Eleanor Roosevelt became a key voice inside the White House, she took on an active role in programs and supporting women working on the home front. The hardships women faced during the Great Depression and women’s involvement in the labor force during World War II, led women to have a more independent and influential role in the family. Every town and city in…show more content…
Eleanor Roosevelts was a key figure on the women’s work force movement. Eleanor Roosevelt put pressure on her husband’s administration to have more women in the workforce (Scharf). Eleanor Roosevelt became aware of the barriers women faced while working with other women on other social justice issues. Eleanor Roosevelt worked tirelessly to make women feel equal in the workplace (Scharf). Without Eleanor Roosevelt 's intervention it would have been harder for women to find a work place (Scharf). Eleanor dedicated her life to improving the work force for women. Women in the 1930’s were employed and were happy to have the opportunity to be working outside of the household. They didn’t have high income jobs, but most of the women who did have jobs were working in factories, civil service, or other low paying jobs (Lucia). They also had to get a full education just to be equal with a man who only graduated from elementary school (Woloch). Women could do the same job as a man and work just as hard. That wouldn’t affect the way men thought about women, women would still only get about half as much money, and could lose their jobs to men at anytime. The 1930’s did not seem very equal for men and women, the roles of what they were expected to do in their jobs and in society were not the same (Woloch). The women’s responsibilities went further than just the work day, they had plenty of things to do at home
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