World War Two and Its Impact on the Role of American Women in Society

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World War II opened a new chapter in the lives of Depression-weary Americans. The United States of America had an unusual importance in the war, it had been spared the physical destruction that had taken place throughout the world. Americans on the home front did not see the fighting and brutality as other countries experienced it. However, the events and changes on the home front due to the World War transformed America. One of the greatest conversions was that of the American woman. Women around the country were transformed from the average house wife into a person with a voice and most importantly a purpose.

For the first time women were working in the industries of America. As husbands and fathers, sons and brothers shipped
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"You won't believe how incredibly ignorant I was. I knew vaguely that a war had started, but I had no idea what it meant (108).” Or they were so happy to be in the position that they war had left them in financially, that they simply wanted it to continue. Peggy Terry remember a woman telling her that, "she hoped the war didn't end until she got her refrigerator paid for (112)." Killingsworth also contributes to the unmindfulness that was associated towards the war, "So right away they started hirin. I think the war had kind of a pleasure. People didn't realize the seriousness of the war. All they were thinkin about is they had lived in these Depression days. It was hard to come by a dollar (116)." Dellie Hahne was a college student at the time, she was in the same position as these other women, she recognized the war but the advantages that were available overshadowed the real casualties of the war occurring (117). "While my conscience told me the war was a terrible thing, bloodshed and misery, there was excitement in the air. I had just left college and was working as a substitute teacher. Life was fairly dull. Suddenly, single women were of tremendous importance (117)." The idea of having a responsibility outside the home and money for themselves overshadowed the cause of their newfound lives. Women benefited from this new beginning, it was surely an introduction towards a movement forward for women.

Most women were proud of
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