Women During World War II

1674 WordsFeb 13, 20157 Pages
In World War II, women contributed in many ways by entering the battle. Some of the jobs the women held were Army nurses, Red Cross members, factory work, etc. The United States were one of the few countries that put their women to work and was ridiculed for it. In 1948, President Truman signed the Women 's Armed Services Integration Act which authorized regular and reserve status for women in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. These women showed true leadership by becoming leaders in battle and left a lasting legacy for all women to come. World War II was the first time that women served in the United States military in an official size. In 6 years, 1939-1945, more than 350,000 women served in the military.1 Women even had their own branches of service: Woman 's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the Woman 's Air Force Service Pilots (WASP), and the Women Accepted for Volunteer Military Services (WAVES)2. As a branch of the Army, the Woman 's Auxiliary Corps were the first women, other than nurses, to serve in the rankings of the United States Army. May 27, 1942 was the opening day of registration for the Woman 's Army Auxiliary Corps. More than 13,000 volunteers signed up to contribute their skills to the war effort. The WAAC training center in Des Moines, Iowa was known to the media as Fort Lipstick. "They 're a damn sight better than we ever expected they would be. I honestly didn 't believe they could do it," said Colonel Don C. Faith, a commander at Fort Des

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