That being said, Rosie the Riveter became the most important advertisement for the production of materials for the war materials (A&E Television Networks). As more women joined the working class, the press strived to persuade them that they could do the work typically regarded as a man’s job and still be considered feminine(A&E Television Networks). It may seem like a silly idea, but women were still overall regarded as the weaker sex. Until World War II, they had not yet had the chance to prove themselves to society. Not only did the United States Government draft a Rosie the Riveter poster, though.
They disguised themselves for many reasons including: to fight for their country, to fight for their rights, to fight along side their husbands (A, B, C.) Loreta Velazquez was one of many women soldiers, she disguised herself as a soldier when her husband left for war and did not take her (Chang 50). Loreta Velazquez was as good as any other soldier, “Notwithstanding the fact that I was a woman, I was as good a soldier as any man around me, and as willing as any to fight valiantly and to the bitter end before yielding” Velazquez said (Women in Uniform in the Civil War). Loreta Velazquez’s role in the Confederate Army, the Forty’s say that “She fought valiantly, helping to beat off wave after wave of the attackers, in sleet, snow, and high winds of a bitter February (Military Women). Even though Loreta was a woman, she fought as hard as any man did. Many women who went to fight had to disguise themselves to look like men.
Although women are not fighting on the front lines, they help in many different ways in the military such as being nurses and women Air force Service Pilots. In his career, General Martin Dempsey has noticed an improvement in the culture, discipline, and physical prowess since women first joined the military (Harris 2). Leon E. Panetta once stated that women are willing to fight and die alongside men, proving that everyone is committed to the job (Roulo 2). In November of 2012, four female soldiers planned to sue the Department of Defense because the “brass ceiling” was stopping them from proving they could fight (Harris 1). The American Civil Liberties Union and others supported them because they thought the military was discriminating against women (Harris 1).
Women in combat have served as long as men have and for many years have not been treated as equally as the men. For example, during World War II men have had all of the military status but women have been cut to 2 percent for the full military status (Global Issues). Women in the past could not be on front lines and didn’t get encouragement from the government. However in 1973, women were encouraged to join the military and finally got the same amount of respect and status as the men (Manilla Bulletin). Since the women did not have the same benefits as the men, the military changed the rule that gave women the same opportunity as the men.
Ergo. State Library of Victoria, 2014. Web. 29 Sept. 2014. <http://ergo.slv.vic.gov.au/explore-history/fight-rights/womens-rights/womens rights-movement-victoria>.
U.S. Department of the Interior, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. "Women at War."