Introduction December 7, 1941 was the day when America declared war, but it was also the years following that women had the chance to show their patriotism in a way they never had before; working outside of their homes. World War II was a chance to contribute to what was needed
Stephanie Acosta Prof. Kristen Cleary ENG201 Fall 2014 Women’s Roles During World War II On September 3rd 1939 World War II started in Europe. During World War II, more than 16 million American men served in the military. While this large portion of the population was overseas fighting for the United States, women had to do many of the jobs in America normally held by men. Women were considered vital assets to the war effort, and the American government made sure to use their skills and labor in many different areas to win the war. Women contributed to the successful war effort by working society, documenting the war effort, and supporting the soldiers.
Prior to World War II, many women were unemployed, due to the Great Depression which had started a decade before. With men always getting preference for jobs, there were very few jobs left for women. Consequently, not only were many occupations were reserved for men, but men were also paid wages up to five times higher for the same task as women. Some states also barred married women from holding jobs. However during World War II, America produced at an efficiency which was higher than ever. This meant that the women had an increasing number of jobs. Jobs in the public sector opened up. Since 1939, women progressively changed the idea of patriarchy and the cliché thinking of an average woman in the United States to be a wife and mother.
During WWII, women took open jobs that men usually had. They did work that would benefit the war such as nurses or working in factories that manufactured aircrafts for our army to use. They did this sort of work while the husbands, brothers and other
The country had no choice but to have the women in the factories. They needed their help and were not going to complain about it. They knew with extra hands that, that was going to be an easier way to win the war. The government called on to the women and without hesitation, they went. They answered to whatever work that needed to be done. They worked a 52 hour week at 68 cents per hour. They were all prepared and knew that their “summer jobs” would end soon. There work dominated their nights and days. Most of their work was outdoors as well. Even though some women would much rather be at home helping there families other ways they still managed to get their other job complete as well.
With the men gone to war, women could step in and play a greater part is society, changing their role and becoming independent. Their first step was to change socially and to help the
Before World War II, women were expected to get married, raise kids, do housework, and obey their husbands. This all changed when World War II came around. The men were busy at war, so someone had to take over their jobs. The government considered having children across the country fill in, but society chose the women to do it instead. The government depicted work only as a necessity, only temporarily, not as a way to change a women’s rights or freedom.
There were many political changes arising and women wanted to have a voice and take part of the process. Women wanted to be considered equal with the same opportunities as men.
On the morning of December 7, 1941 a surprise attack conducted by the Japanese Navy on the United State naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii resulted in America’s involvement in World War II. While the rest of the world was at war, America stayed neutral until the attack on Pearl Harbor which ironically was intended as a preventive action towards America’s involvement in the war. After the attack, America entered the war, a war that the Americans were not prepared for. America just has gotten out of the Great Depression in the 30s and was still recovering. The war brought about draft and new job opportunities for men and women. Nancy Potter, a teen during the time described the effects of the war, "I think for girls and women, and perhaps
Today I'm going to be talking to you about Women in World War One, around 500,000 men enlisted for world war 1. Which began on July 28th 1914, the population in Australia at this time was just under 5 million people so that meant around 38% of the male
Women’s Suffrage Women didn't always have the rights and freedom that we women get to enjoy today. There was a time when women were treated as the lesser to men. They didn't have the option to go out and work if they pleased, and the majority of the decision making
The Role of Women In War. The role of women in war has varied significantly throughout British History. During world War 1 womens role was constricted as many worked in the industry of textiles , knitting and munitions. This said they played a pivotal role in the war effort as
After getting an education as well as knowing there worth in society women knew there were more than just a wife and mother. During WWII women demonstrated their power to think in a world without men as they were off fighting the war. Women began to understand that they had more to offer the world other than housekeeping and raising children. In addition, many women wanted to continue working after the war as they had held jobs with responsibilities as well as earning wages. Furthermore, women were the ones making financial decisions as well as working in positions with higher responsibilities. Many women as well as minorities were simply casted a side to make room for the returning solders. This created a silent discontent among women
World War I made a colossal impact on all aspects of human life and almost everyone in Europe was affected by this impact to different degrees as a consequence. One group in particular, most often illustrated as a real turning point, largely in enfranchisement and employment, were women.
The Effect of World War I on the Role and Status of Women World War 1, In many people's opinion possibly one of the most influential incidents on the changing role and status of women to this day. In this essay I will attempt to go through all the major issues and make a conclusion on weather I think World War 1 Changed the role and status of women and weather it affects us to this day. Before the war women were treated with much of a stereotypical attitude. The "typical" woman was one who stayed in the home, cooked cleaned and looked after there children. Some women workedâ€¦well if u can call making matches and clothes pegs work and this was only for the lucky 11%. Many men felt that if a woman Also if a man did divorce his wife he would have legal right to all of the property, children, and money again this did not change until 1925. Although it was considered normal many women did not agree with it and felt that something needed to be done. But is this still the way women are treated today, the role of women today is much of a different attitude in Britain. Women are treated as equal in most situations there are some who discriminate against women but this is not legal. In 1911 Women in work was not a usual thing the statistics speak for themselves (see source 1). I believe that this shows there was a real prejudice against women in the early 1900's with the majority of women workers worked in domestic services. There were no women MP's or any women in the any of the government. Women were also looked down on in certain situations. In social situations such a dining or going out in general women were not allowed to go out alone. They had to be escorted by a