Women's Roles In The 1940s

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Throughout the 1940's women's roles and expectations in society were changing at an immense speed and with very little say in society and were stereotyped to stay home, make children, raise them at home and be a good home-maker and wife all in one. In 1942, women were finally allowed to enter the army or navy which was named as The Women's Army Corps. Women were accepted for volunteer Emergency Services such as in hospitals and got paid or were deployed off with other men leaving their families behind. After these organizations were established, congress authorized women to serve in the U.S. Navy., U.S Airforce and Army. Several females also were accepted to work in a factory, labor-intensive jobs and become the attention of society in the…show more content…
Too many accidents were occuring. Women were encouraged to cut their hair short to reduce the risk of being injured in general or could be worse at work. Those in the armed services had rules to follow and terms to agree on which involved their hair to be off the collar while on duty and a hat that was mandatory was part of the uniform to be worn. Hair was cut with a rounded U-shape at the back still involving the waves and curls curving up towards the ears and majority of the haircuts had alot of layers which we see mow a days. If there was a parting done then the hair was generally parted to one side. The shape of a roll could be helped with backcombing and gel or hairspray and everything would be held in places with…show more content…
It was unfair for women to have to return their normal lives or even begin one as being a housewife. After the war only few women kept their jobs if needed and if not would be released slowly. wanted to In 1957, about 70% of working women held clerical positions, assembly lines or service jobs. Only 12 % held a profession and 6% held management positions. Those that held professional jobs worked as nurses and teachers and lived a normal life. Advertisements in the magazines and T.V. shows were somewhat defined as the role of motherhood and dedicated housewives whose only goal in life was to meet the pleasures of their husband and children. Society believed women fit this role and it should be the goal for women to consume. The number of girls who entered college dropped during the 50s and women left college early to marry after the war and other women who did stay were not planning on working toward any job
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