Women 's Role During The Great Depression

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As the Great Depression crept up on the United States people began to see the effects of the economic down spiral. To try a keep afloat people did what they could to survive. The role women played during this time period was a strong example of this drive for survival. Women stepped up to the plate for their family and jumped into the workforce to become the new breadwinners of their family. They broke barriers and didn 't care what people thought of them. Even though most of the jobs out there were sexist towards women, they still worked and found ways to provide for their family. With society pushing them to stay as housewives and “leave jobs for men” women still prevailed. Women’s role throughout the Great Depression both increased and…show more content…
For example in the article Women, Impact of the Great Depression on it states that “FERA work relief projects employed women in producing such goods as canned foods, clothes, and mattresses.Women were as housekeeping aides to families in need of household help.” (Krissoff). This indicates that the New Deal added programs only provided women with jobs that were ‘traditional’ roles and with more women going to work Americans began to scorn women. Not only were Women scorn for taking jobs they were also scorn because of their age, marital status, geographical location, race, and ethnicity. For example, In the article, Women Impact of the Great Depression on it states that “Given that those seeking employment were most often black and given the low wages one would earn in such arrangements, the process and the area of town associated with it became known colloquially as a "slave market." “ (Krissoff). This piece of evidence supports the idea that women of a minority were treated unkindly in the workforce. Women in minority groups, such as African-Americans who were already subject to such discrimination and prejudice, and often viewed the Depression differently from whites and were faced with many challenges during the great Depression. Many minority groups faced extreme discrimination and were not supported during the Depression, they found
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