Women In Ww2

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The expansion of the Second World War across Europe convinced the United States (U.S.) to mobilize the nation’s entire population in an effort to aid the Allies. Widespread male enlistment left gaping holes in the industrial labor force. The government alerted women to the nation’s need for them to work outside the home. Women felt the patriotic need to enter the workforce and made U.S. government and industry possible to expand dramatically to meet the wartime needs. Therefore, the Allies would not have defeated the Axis without the contribution of women to World War II, for women served in the military, expanded wartime production, and supported organizations that benefited their nation. One may object that the number of women was too little…show more content…
government encouraging women to work created the illusion that this was “total war” and advanced its campaign to support for the war effort. This was necessary, however, as women had to keep the country running by filling traditional male jobs. There were over 6.5 million women working in the defense industry in 1944. Women vastly expanded military production to support America and the Allies. They facilitated America’s production of 296,429 airplanes, 102,351 tanks and guns, 87,620 warships, 47 tons of artillery ammunition, and 44 billion rounds of small arms ammunition. The U.S. Armed Forces would have had inadequate supplies if women did not perform these needs. The U.S. would have then be unable to fight and surrendered to the…show more content…
Women supported and implemented organizations that benefited their nation. Their organizations provided a nationwide network that mobilized millions of Americans to execute a large number of local projects. Women tirelessly gave their time and money to help their nation win the war. Women’s cooperation in rationalizing and recycling was central to the war effort. Consumer goods were limited to allow raw materials and factories to be devoted to supplying the military operations of the U.S. and its beleaguered Allies. Women participated in recycling drives to collect metal, waste paper used to make fuses, and bones made into explosives. Women were also encouraged to plant food on any available square patch of land. 21 million families planted 7 million acres that yielded 8 million tons of vegetables. Women attempted their best to support their

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