Women During World War II

1768 WordsApr 16, 20168 Pages
Women in the 20th century were supposed to stay home and be the “perfect housewife” and never complain. They were told to stay within their social norms and not to step out of bounds. Women were expected to go back to the household after they made such a significant difference during World War II. Most women felt extremely stuck in their roles in the household as a mother and housewife. They were discouraged to work outside of the home because it would distract them from their duties in the home and with their children. If women were working, they were either secretaries, or laundresses. If in the medical field, women were generally nurses. This was not the case for Virginia Apgar. Apgar studied anesthesiology, then furthered her specialization into obstetric anesthesiology. Virginia Apgar changed the face of obstetric anesthesiology by developing the Apgar Score for measurements and vital signs of newborn infants. The Apgar Score helps score newborn infants and ensures that they are meeting certain milestones within the first few crucial minutes of life. Virginia Apgar is remembered today, mainly by those in the medical field. Many have never heard of her, or or if they have, do not know what she accomplished. Virginia Apgar was born on June 7, 1909, in Westfield, New Jersey, into a family of musicians. She enjoyed playing the violin and piano. Because her family was so musically inclined, it was very strange that she wanted to become a doctor. Apgar graduated from high

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