Women Of The 1940 ' S

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The 1940’s were a turning point for women in the workforce. Women were perceived to be the weaker sex by society and faced social prejudices in efforts to become part of the workforce. The common belief was that women were intellectually inferior to men, incapable of making decisions regarding their household, and should not work outside of the home. Their job was to maintain the home, raise the children, and be supportive wives of the working husband. The war brought challenges, new jobs, new skills and lots of opportunities for women. Women were needed for jobs that were traditionally deemed for males only. According to Mathis (1994), government propaganda was responsible for much of the change in society’s acceptance of women in the workforce. These changes enabled women to enter factories and proved that women were capable of being more than housewives. The propaganda campaign was to mobilize women and was necessary in order to change the public’s attitude towards women. Propaganda was also used to appeal to women to do their part in order to bring their men home sooner. World War 11 despite the gains in women in the workforce was not viewed as a milestone for working women. According to Yesil, (2004), women entered wartime jobs not simply out of their response to patriotic pleas, but out of the continuity of the working patterns they had established prior to World War 11. It was believed that women who found employment during the war were entering the
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