Women’s jobs included: seamstresses, secretaries, nurses, phone operators, and a majority were housewives. World War II gave middle class women an opportunity to show what they could do. This War changed the social status and working lives of women. World War II helped grow opportunities and confidence among women. It sharpened their skills as they worked in industries that supplied and supported the war.
During the World War II era, the outlook on the role of women in Australian society revolutionised. As a majority of men were at war, Australian women were encouraged to rise above and beyond their stereotypical ‘housewife’ status. They were required to take on the tasks that were once considered predominantly male roles, and also allowed the opportunity to join the armed services as well as enlist in the Women’s Land Army. Many women who doubted their abilities played their part by entering voluntary work. Women had the privilege of contributing in Australian society in many ways that they had never been able before.
When they found out that each side was in need of nurses, women immediately started volunteering to “help the war efforts of their side” (Freemon, 1998). Most of the women focused on helping wounded and sick soldiers (Freemon, 1998). Women of all ages and social classes nursed both Union and... ... middle of paper ... ...rgingcivilwar.com/2013/09/03/civil-war-nurses-series-interesting-facts-about-northern-nurses/ This is a secondary article about women nurses during the civil war. I used a table on this page for information of various jobs and positions that the women had. “Women in the Civil War.” The History Channel Website.
In recalling the history of World War II, the contribution of women nurses during the war is highly recognized and indispensable. Essentially, the war brought these women closer to battle than ever before seen. Their duties enabled them to participate in almost every aspect of the war. The skills and 1. Wikimedia Foundation.
Jan 5 2014, 4:59 http://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/partners/17.htm “Our History.” 2014. American Red Cross website. Jan 5 2014, 5:05 http://www.redcross.org/about-us/history “Women at War.” The National WWII Museum website. Jan 5 2014, 5:20 http:// www.nationalww2museum.org/see-hear/collections/focus-on/women-at- war.html# “Women in the Military - WWII.” Minnesota History Center website. Jan 7 2014, 8:08 http://libguides.mnhs.org/wwii_women
The role of woman in World War Two was an essential behind the scenes effort. Just as a cameraman is essential to the making of a movie the roles women played in the war was essential to our allied victory. In the war women provided food, clothing, funds, medical work, safety, knowledge and a safe and secure country to return to at the end of the war effort. All the help provided by women gave helped prove gender equality can work in society and helped lead to women's rights in our county. One of the biggest roles of women in the second world war was working war factories.
I will conclude with my reasons of why the Gallipoli campaign holds such value and importance in Australian history and ideology. Australian men were very keen to get involved in the war because they felt that it was their duty and if they didn’t go to war it would make them look cowardly. “Men rushed to enlist. In the first two weeks 7000 Victorian men volunteered for the first Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and 10 000 in Sydney.” It was a man’s duty to go to war. Most people who lived in Australia felt an obligation to England.
Plan of Investigation This investigation will evaluate the question, to what extent did the British Women’s Auxiliary Air Force assist the Allies’ war efforts during the Second World War? This question is important because in World War 1 British women were active in the war effort but to a limited extent, acting as nurses on the battle field and working in munitions factories, but resumed their traditional roles in society after the war. In World War 2 women were more active in the military through auxiliary groups, such as Women’s Auxiliary Force (WAAF) and it is important to understand how much of an impact their work made on the Allies war effort. The scope of this investigation focuses on the use of WAAFs in World War 2, from 1941 to 1950. One method to be used during this investigation will be the analysis of several personal accounts of former WAAFs.