The First World War presented European women with ample opportunity to step up and demonstrate their strength; however men of this era had conflicting opinions of how capable women were to take on a man’s occupation. Therefore, it was necessary for women to prove their abilities and destroy the widespread belief of their stupidity and ignorance. To begin, it was during this era of World War 1 and directly after this that women were able to prove themselves as vital members of the economy and society of Europe. In Document 1, a picture depicts the harsh patriarchal society that women were forced to change by showing a woman being ignored by a man. The purpose of this photo of a female figure arguing that women were strong enough to save men …show more content…
The anti feminist point of view can be seen in Document 5. This document shows a letter from a british soldier -- Private G.F. Wilby -- to his wife in which he forbids her from educating herself or applying for a man’s position. The perspective of Wilby is so against women because he believes that an advance in his wife's career means she won’t be girly enough anymore. This absurd way of thinking carried over to many other men’s lives too. For example, the author of Document 2 diminishes women's’ jobs throughout the entirety of his letter. However, the overarching intent of this letter is to make sure women do not take on important jobs during the war because they are only fit to being mothers and wives. Finally, Document 7 shows the percentage of women in the workforce over a number of years. These statistics were polled directly before, during, and after World War I in France. As expected, there is a heightened number during the war, but the number drops lower after the war than it was before the war. This unpredicted decline can be blamed on the incredible animosity men have for any advance for
“There was much more to women’s work during World War Two than make, do, and mend. Women built tanks, worked with rescue teams, and operated behind enemy lines” (Carol Harris). Have you ever thought that women could have such an important role during a war? In 1939 to 1945 for many women, World War II brought not only sacrifices, but also a new style of life including more jobs, opportunities and the development of new skills. They were considered as America’s “secret weapon” by the government. Women allowed getting over every challenge that was imposed by a devastating war. It is necessary to recognize that women during this period brought a legacy that produced major changes in social norms and work in America.
When all the men were across the ocean fighting a war for world peace, the home front soon found itself in a shortage for workers. Before the war, women mostly depended on men for financial support. But with so many gone to battle, women had to go to work to support themselves. With patriotic spirit, women one by one stepped up to do a man's work with little pay, respect or recognition. Labor shortages provided a variety of jobs for women, who became street car conductors, railroad workers, and shipbuilders. Some women took over the farms, monitoring the crops and harvesting and taking care of livestock. Women, who had young children with nobody to help them, did what they could do to help too. They made such things for the soldiers overseas, such as flannel shirts, socks and scarves.
The labor shortage that occurred as men entered the military propelled a large increase in women’s entrance into employment during the war. Men's return to the civilian workforce at the end of the war caused the sudden drop to prewar levels. The cause of the sudden decline during post-war years of women in the paid workforce is unclear. Many questions are left unanswered: What brought women into the war industry, and what caused them to leave?
During America’s involvement in World War Two, which spanned from 1941 until 1945, many men went off to fight overseas. This left a gap in the defense plants that built wartime materials, such as tanks and other machines for battle. As a result, women began to enter the workforce at astonishing rates, filling the roles left behind by the men. As stated by Cynthia Harrison, “By March of , almost one-third of all women over the age of fourteen were in the labor force, and the numbers of women in industry had increased almost 500 percent. For the first time in history, women were in the exact same place as their male counterparts had been, even working the same jobs. The women were not dependent upon men, as the men were overseas and far from influence upon their wives.
Most believe that World War II benefited women in the workforce. But did it really? World War II created war-related jobs and caused a large amount of men and voluntary enlistees. During World War II women played a part in the workforce in a way that was unpredicted in the U.S. history. The two pre existing factors of moral rights and society’s stereotypes collided with one another as the traditional female gender roles were diminished from war opportunities. Two arguments arise from this upset of social norms: a milestone for women’s experience and a lack of immediate and long-lasting change in gender roles after war. World War II served as a milestone for women in work. One aspect that World War II brought change in society’s gender roles. There was the shortage of manpower needed to fill the jobs created by war. As men were enlisted into the war, men were forced to leave their current jobs which left open opportunities for the women to fill these positions. During the war men had two options in the direction that they wanted to move: battling in war, or higher end jobs that were being abandoned due to the war. Either way, men were leaving jobs that needed to be filled in some way. This gave opportunities for women to fill these open positions in the workforce. In the book The Paradox of Change:American Women in the 20th Century, a man named William Chafe asserts that the female work force increased by 50% throughout World War II (121 Chafe). Not only were women gaining jobs at home, but the war created jobs that women would be able to pursue The United States Employment Service said that 80% of the jobs in war could easily be filled by women (Cafe 122).
The involvement in the war significantly expanded the citizenship of American women in many ways. Before World War 2, women partook in “traditional women” duties like the following: sewing, typing, cooking, or child sitting. Once America entered World War 2, women realized that the war opened new doors for roles, responsibilities, and opportunities. World War 2 not only changed the type of work women did, but also the volume at which they did it. The departure of soldiers and everyday working men left a large gap in the labor force which created vast opportunities for women.
When the war ended, men returned home for their jobs and the women occupying them were pushed out (Danzer 592). Recognition for their contribution was noted, but the female image was still far from being viewed as equal to men in the workforce, and especially combat (Danzer 592). The female experience proves that WWII was an era of
Women now did important jobs to help the men which transformed gender relations for many countries after the war (“Origins and Impact of World War I.”). Many women worked in factories producing weapons for the war. This was a dangerous yet important job that caused many to die from the weapons they were making malfunctioning
Before the 1940s, society viewed women as weak and incapable of performing the strenuous tasks that men took on. However, in 1941, the regard of women changed as millions of American men marched off to the battlefields. Prior to the war, women devoted their lives to service inside the home, being seen as nothing more than domesticated housewives. The involvement of America, in World War II, created significant opportunities for women. Women’s roles drastically changed when they took charge by filling the positions that men were unable to during wartime.
In the North many women took on a new financial responsibility. “Despite the emphasis before the war on men’s financial responsibilities and breadwinning capabilities, the war increasingly compelled an acknowledgement of women’s economic contribution as men had to surrender certain financial responsibilities.” Many women turned to the government in hopes of finding employment and fair wages to support their families. Women took on various positions throughout the war. Some worked in rural positions producing foods and generating surpluses.
Throughout much of history, women have been viewed as inferior to men. In the 1800s and early 1900s, women were not allowed to hold the same jobs or positions as men. In 1890, women made up only 5% of all doctors in the United States (“Women’s History in America”). The reason that women were not accepted into many professions was that traditionally they were supposed to marry young and start bearing children. This expectation kept them from going to school and studying to become doctors or lawyers. It also kept women at home doing domestic work and caring for children rather than working outside the home. There was a large increase of working women in 1917 when the U.S. entered World War I (“Women of the Century”). Unfortunately, once the war ended in 1918 many women left their jobs and returned to domestic work, where they stayed for years after.
Women’s rights have been an ongoing argument since the birth of man; throughout the centuries women's rights have changed a lot, from having to stay at home to now being able to work and vote. World War 2 was devastating in many ways but it did help with women's rights and how men viewed women, the question what is women's rights has had many different answers over the years, some being reasonable others being just outrageous. The three main issues that will be included in this essay will be: what were women’s rights before World War 2, how did World War 2 impact women’s rights and what are women's rights now? What were women’s rights before World War 2?
...r. This proves that in the years 1914 to 1918 and in the 1920s, women were treated unfairly and were not recognized for their work and their gratitude. They were expected to do twice as much as men, in half the time, and for no credit. World War One was a huge turning point for Women. The brave soldiers will always be remembered, but we will also never forget the huge turning point the war held for women back then, now and in the future. It is interesting to know about women during this time period, and how much they have evolved and grown; from having no rights to equal rights, no pay to high pay. Women are just as equal as men, and World War One is just one of their many milestones. The First World War gave women the ability to show men that they were, and still are, just as equal. Here is to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, and may we raise them.