Women's Roles During World War I

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World War I was an extremely significant time period in women’s history as it becomes the back drop for the pivotal movement of women’s roles in society. Prior to World War I, women were seen as home makers, care takers and sometimes they would be afforded the opportunity to hold simple jobs such as making clothing. These were the only types of jobs they could hold as the other more important jobs were consider a “man’s job.” However, when the war began, it was the new job of the man to go out and fight for his country, leaving behind the women in America to pick up their jobs while they were away. The responsibility of the American women to take care of the jobs at home changed women’s history forever as it was a passage way for women to be…show more content…
First, they had to fill the roles of the men in the workplace. This meant that they were now allowed to hold jobs outside of teaching, cooking and care taking and move to more important roles such as bankers, farmers, and factory workers. “Eight million women already at work shifted positions, taking advantage of new, albeit temporary, opportunities to work at better-paying and more highly skilled jobs.” (Keene 609) It was important not only to society that these jobs were getting done, but it was also important for women to participate in these jobs so they could feel like they had more purpose. Perhaps the most important roles women played, was their aid to the men fighting during World War I. During World War I, the country was spending all of its money of the war but this became increasingly expensive. Women during this time, aided the men who were fighting by making clothing for the soldiers, taking care of wounded men, and working in factories that make supplies for war such as guns. In some cases, women who worked in the factories that produced these war weapons ended up dying, “…these women risked their lives working with poisonous substances without adequate protective clothing or the required safety measures. Around 400 women died from overexposure to TNT during WWI. ” (Women’s Work in WWI, paragraph 3) Women taking on these new roles was so important for the success of our country during that time, as women were able to fill in the gaps and make sure things were handled on the home front so the men could be away and fight for our
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