During the American Civil War, "More than twenty thousand women in the Union and Confederate states engaged in relief work…” (Schultz, 2004). These women had certain professional rights and responsibilities to uphold throughout the Civil War. They broke the common Victorian American tradition and volunteered to be Civil War nurses, something that astounded the nation (USAHEC.org). These battle aids nursed the wounded soldiers and performed other tasks to help the soldiers. However, these women were not accepted right away by male doctors in the hospitals.
During World War II about 350,000 women contributed to our defeat against Japan. Holding their weight by serving in the Forces, at home as well as abroad was a significant addition to the surrendering of Japan. It was no secret that women were underestimated during this era. But this opportunity was one that many women would not allow to pass them by despite the way that Germany and other countries looked at us for allowing our women to participate in these actions. It was because of women that we held such triumph during the war, just as it was because of World War II that women are where we are today in America.
She greatly helped improve the common people’s perception of these populations. During the Civil War, she helped with military hospital administration and worked as an advocate for female nurses. Dix gave up her time and volunteered to organize and outfit the Union Army hospitals in April 1861. As Superintendent of Women Nurses, Dix oversaw the entire nursing staff. She was the first woman to serve in such a high, federally appointed position.
Thousands from both the Confederacy and the Union joined volunteer brigades and signed up to be nurses. This war forced woman of both sides into the public life. ("History.Com"). And this happened to be the first time in American History that women were involved with the war plus it expanded the thought of “True womanhood.” ("History.Com"). The women of the Confederacy gained many new duties and responsibilities even the wealthiest of the Southern woman got involved.
During World War 1 women play a major role in helping with the war effort. Women trained to be nurses and went go overseas to help; they also enlist in the military branches. Lastly women helped to replace men in their empty jobs. Without women in the war men would not have been taken care of, and there would not have been as many soldiers to fight. The economy would have been a disaster along with starvation among soldiers and lack of supplies among troops.
Women had a role in the forming of our country that many historians overlook. In the years leading to the revolution and after women were political activists. During the war, women took care of the home front. Some poor women followed the army and assisted to the troops. They acted as cooks, laundresses and nurses.
Sometime they would use goods that were taken from other places in the Red Cross during their war. The American Red Cross relief was so successful because the International Red Cross modified its mission from providing war relief only to include peacetime and disaster assistance. Clara Barton was a women who believed in what was right. She set out on a mission and she achieved it. In 1864 Clara Barton began to lobby for an American Branch of the Red Cross.
–June Wandrey, Combat Nurse” (Those Incredib... ... middle of paper ... ... and that medical units in the European theater were being strained to the braking point.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt presented that nurses be drafted. The nurse draft bill was passed in the house but was one vote shy of passing in the senate before Germany surrendered. In the meantime over 10,000 Army nurses were enrolled in 1945, making the bill unnecessary. The purpose of this essay was to inform, and explain the trials and accomplishments our brave Nations United States Army Corps Women Nurses went through. They were amazing women valiant in their duties, training to better help their fellow servicemen.
During the time of the Civil War nurses was needed for the injured soldiers. More than 618,000 soldiers died and hundreds of thousands soldiers were injured. This is where Clara Barton came in and formed a ladies group that went out and supplied the battlefield. Later, she moved on forming the American Red Cross. The first nursing student was Linda Richards.
Women take an important position in society; they have many roles and can do anything men can. Women contributed a lot in the past and in the present; it may just be small things, but it may make a difference in one way or another. Throughout history, there were many battles; one battle was the American Civil War, which was fought from 1861 to 1865. The Civil War was a devastating war that this country has seen. The Civil War was a fight between the north and the south.