World War Ii And The United States Economy. When People

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World War II and the United States Economy When people think about World War II, they normally associate it with Hitler, genocide, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and other negative things; however, there were some positive impacts it had on the United States. Economically, the United States and other countries around the world were devastated by the crashing of the stock market. Unemployment rate was at a high point, Hitler was gaining control of Europe, and we were trying to remain isolationists. Once we intervened in the war, we were pulled out of the depression by the increase of jobs, the women’s rights movement began and established legal equality, the baby boom and suburban boom began, and the United States went from…show more content…
A graph created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrates the percentage of unemployment during the years of the Great Depression and World War II: Around the beginning of the war, unemployment was close to 20% and by the end of the war there was as little as 2% of people unemployed. This shows how World War II impacted the U.S. economy positively and rescued us from history’s worst economic catastrophe. World War II also allowed women to work in jobs men had previously worked, causing the women’s rights movement to begin: This would lead to the equality for women. A statistic showing just how many women began working during this time states, “Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home” (History.com Staff, 1). With the increased amount of women working and men being away at work, women developed independence and working skills they didn’t have before. Not only did women work in factories and other home jobs, there were thousands who worked as female officers, served as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), and helped as members of the WAC (Women’s Army Corps). Women who had their pilot license contributed by flying military aircrafts: This is something that was introduced by the WASPs or the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots. This
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