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 the United States was impacted by the Great Depression causing women to further themselves in order to help their families. Before the Depression, many women did not pursue higher education or higher paying jobs (Flannery).The Depression influenced many women to pursue education that had previously been unavailable, unlikely, and unpopular for their gender (Flannery). The women that did engage in academics often limited their involvement because if they planned to marry, which was the life style, women would not be able to work after marriage (Flannery). With the economy in ruins and unemployment on the rise many men were finding it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain their jobs (Lucia). With households in shambles, women had to find…
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