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Significant Impacts of the World Wars on American Society

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Throughout the twentieth century, both World War I and World War II significantly impacted American society in several ways. From 1917 to 1918, the United States’ involvement in World War I began an increase in the number of women in the workplace that would steadily continue throughout much of the twentieth century. The United States once again played a major role in World War II from 1941 to 1945, and this war is actually seen as a turning point for women in the workplace. During the two world wars, women workers were impacted by discrimination, the danger of the work they completed, and the portrayal of women in propaganda during both world wars, and yet the different time periods of the two world wars led to differences in how women were impacted in the workplace. Although there are several similarities and differences in how World War I and World War II impacted women in the workplace throughout the 20th century, both world wars played a role in challenging the accepted role of women in society. In order to understand how the world wars had such a significant change in how women were viewed in the workplace, we must first understand their experience in the workplace before the wars even started. Contrary to popular belief, women did in fact play a role in the workforce before World War I. In the early 1900s, the number of women in the workforce greatly increased. During this time, it is estimated that approximately one in five workers were women. This statistic is mainly due to industrialization, a period of significant economic expansion that took place from the 1870s to 1900 due to the process of mechanization. Mechanization is the use of machines to complete tasks formerly done by hand. As a result of both mec... ... middle of paper ... ...'s History 13.2 (2001): 154-57. Academic Search Complete. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. Marcellus, Jane. "These Working Wives: Representation of the "Two-Job" Woman Between the World Wars." American Journalism 23.3 (2006): 53-78. Academic Search Complete. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. Musto, R.J. "Struggle, Strife and Sacrifice On the Home Front." History Magazine Aug.-Sept. 2009: 12-15. Academic Search Complete. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. United States National Park Service. "Rosie the Riveter: Women Working During World War II." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. "Women at War." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. Yesil, Bilge. "'Who Said This Is a Man's War?': Propaganda, Advertising Discourse and the Representation of War Worker Women during the Second World War." Media History 10.2 (2004): 103-17. Academic Search Complete. Web. 22 Mar. 2014.

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  • Explains that both world wars i and ii impacted american society in several ways. the united states played a major role in world war ii from 1941 to 1945.
  • Analyzes how the world wars had a significant impact on how women were viewed in the workplace.
  • Analyzes how both world war i and wwii impacted women in the workplace, citing carrie brown and alice kessler-harris.
  • Explains how the us crop corps' women's land army of america helped save the agricultural industry during both world wars.
  • Compares how women in the workplace were impacted by the two world wars. propaganda was used to support the war effort and to promote women entering the workforce.
  • Analyzes how propaganda produced during the two world wars portrayed women as heroes who successfully completed what was formerly thought of as ‘man’s work’ by using both their physical strength and mechanical competence.
  • Analyzes how propaganda encouraged women to take men's place in the workplace during both world wars.
  • Explains that america experienced a period of peace and an overall desire to return to the way things were before world war i, but that was not fully possible since the war had such an impact on american society. women were able to achieve the right to vote in 1920 with the passing of the 19th amendment.
  • Explains that married female workers played a more prominent role in the workforce between the two world wars. they were criticized for taking jobs from the men during the great depression.
  • Analyzes how the "feminine mystique" developed during the interwar period to make housework attractive for women.
  • Analyzes the differences between how women were impacted by their role in the workplace during the two world wars.
  • Explains that women's entering the workforce during world war ii was not revolutionary because they had already made a huge impact in the workplace during the first world war.
  • Compares how women in both world wars were involved in a variety of jobs, including producing war supplies at munitions factories and supporting the war effort through volunteer work.
  • Opines that ii as a turning point for women in the workforce." journal of women's history.
  • Explains that african-american women faced the most discrimination in the workforce during the two world wars.
  • Explains that world war ii was the first time descriptive titles were applied to women in the workforce. rosie the riveter was one of the most popular cultural icons to appear during this time.
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