The Roles of Women During World War Two

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In the late 19th century and early 20th century, women in the United States were thought of as inferior. Men did anything they possibly could do, to prevent women from entering certain parts of the industry. They supported their actions with ideas such as "Men are stronger than women". The majority of fighter planes were built by men and it was also men who worked in most of the factories that produced cars and other transportation vehicles, thus implying that technology was a man's job. 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. WWII changed the roles of women forever. During World War II there were many job opportunities for women. Since husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers went to fight in the war, the women went to work in factories, offices, and even on military bases. These women went to work in paying jobs that were usually for men. Some women supported the war and became journalists, photographers, nurses and broadcasters. They were covering the biggest story ever, the men that were at war and the women that were at home doing the man’s work. Other women even joined the military. They were not put in front line positions,but they did important jobs like spies, nursing, making guns’ bayonets and aircrafts parts. Women were extremely hard working to the extent that they had to take care of their husband’s businesses back home while they were fighting and many l... ... middle of paper ... ...Networks, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 16 Mar. 2014. . "Roles for women in WWII." State Library of Victoria Ergo. State Library of Victoria Ergo, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 16 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, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. . "Women in World War Two." History Learning Site. Chris Trueman, 1 Jan. 2013. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. . Yellin, Emily. Our mothers' war: American women at home and at the Front during World War II. New York: Free Press, 2004. Print. MLA formatting by BibMe.org.
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