People often believed that women did not have the ability to do the same quality as men. This theory led women to be paid less than men in most jobs. “China more fully supported women’s equality in practice, but some job discrimination against women persisted”(Women’s Rights). Business owners and factory owners did not want women to work at first because they believed that they were only good for house keeping and taking care of children. “The number of working women increased substantially after the two world wars, but they generally had low-paying work”(Women’s Rights).
Despite the expansion of opportunities for women, women were still seen as disobeying social norms by working in factories or joining the Armed Forces. Even these limited options that provided women with opportunities were not available for the right reasons. The State Library of Victoria adds that, “Only the rising need for labor and the diminishing supply of manpower has forced this revolutionary adjustment”(10). Up until when the labor force desperately needed women, they received few opportunities and unequal pay. Even after many factories were forced to hire women workers they begrudgingly did... ... middle of paper ... ...r: Women Working During World War II."
With able bodied men away fighting in the war, employers had to augment their scope on prospective employees and they began to look towards women. Previous to this, women had been thought of as a type of second- class citizen (Mirror). Those middle- class and above were given no education, and those of the working class were taught the basics of the three R’s and various domestic chores. With this in mind it, was a large leap for anyone to even contemplate the idea of a woman being capable enough to do a mans job. Contrary to popular belief, however,... ... middle of paper ... ...u-s-history/world-war-i-1914-1919/america-s-entry-into-the-war/a-new-labor-force/>.
Also, some states di... ... middle of paper ... ...is wouldn’t have arisen as they needed women to work in munitions factories. Government spent a lot of time now stopping women having jobs. They tried to fill in this time for a housewife with soaps such as, ‘I Love Lucy’. Also many programs blamed women with careers for failed marriages and all the problems of society (to discourage them further). In conclusion, I think al the propaganda was short term and they used the women.
Total war meant that instead of just the... ... middle of paper ... ...ve seen that during the war when women were working alongside men they were still not regarded as equal. The war did nothing to improve the lives of women directly but it changed many women's views of themselves and as a result support for equality increased. It was only after the war that many men began to realise that women were not second class citizens and that they could work alongside them. Although full equality was reached in 1928 (ten years after the end of the war) there is no doubt that had the war not taken place then it would have taken a lot longer for the full equality of women to happen. It is an interesting to note that today there is still a significant pay gap between men and women in the same industry just as there was in 1914.
Not only d... ... middle of paper ... ...men at work. Although women had unequal pay, and and there were many reasons behind World War II not serving as a significant role in the change of women’s rights, the ideas that were mentioned previously are more significant than the opposing sides ideas. This goes to show that women truly had more rights and there was a significant change after the war. The two ideas of female gender roles and women’s rights collided throughout world war II. Due to the rising need of jobs being filled while men went to war was the basis of the new workforce for females.
At the beginning, before the war and before Hitler took power, they felt as if Liberalism was not doing anything for them and it wasn't working to anyone's advantage. "Like their male counterparts, Nazi women expressed contempt for democracy, liberalism, individualism, and decadence." (Koonz 97) The women were working long, hard hours in factor... ... middle of paper ... ... and were experiencing their own individuality. The war allowed women to make decisions, and it gave them a chance to fight for their right's. And there is no doubt that the consequences of the World War's (discrimination, job cuts, wage inequalities) led to the development of many of the civil rights movement's of the 1950's.
Fashion changed for practical reasons : never again did skirts sweep the ground. Women’s hats became neater. Not all changes in work lasted after the war, but some did.” In the early years of the war Britain quickly experienced a crisis with ammunition supplies. The army fired off shells much faster than the industry could produce them. A politician who had a sharp mind and a capacity for ideas, he was quick to exploit the female labor in munitions factories.
The lives of these people were changed drastically, whether by having to work, mistreatment because of skin color, or by being blamed for something that was done by a country they were native to. Prior to World War II, employers and the government held that there were jobs appropriate for women and jobs which were inappropriate because women were not capable of fulfilling the tasks involved in such work. As we discussed in class, some women had jobs and some stayed as housewives but women were always dependent on men. The War years gave the opportunity to not only women but to the whole nation to break away from this trend. In my notes it discusses that women really took this chance to prove themselves that they were every bit as capable as men in the traditionally male work place.
There are many other nations who can work just as hard without all the complaints. So, because these women ask to be treated decently, they are denied a job. This practice has also created problems for women factory workers in the U.S. because the factories here are all being shut down. I knew one woman who lost her job at Motorola because they moved their testing ground to Mexico. The variety of middle class jobs has decreased in the U.S., creating poorer poor and wealthier rich, who get their money directly or indirectly through the exploitations of poorer countries.