To What Extent Did Women Play a Role in America’s Industry during World War II

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A. Plan Of Investigation: The question investigated was, to what extent did women play a role in America’s industry during World War II. During World War II men began getting drafted and leaving home to go defend their country, by doing so they not only left their families behind but their jobs as well. In order to keep production and the economy moving, women began to replace the men and become part of the work field. The scope of this investigation was to research why and how woman began working in factories and taking over the production aspect of America. The method used was analyzing industry in America before and after World War II, taking note of the changes that came about during World War II, and mainly focusing on the women. B. Analysis: The first major event that occurred during World War II that changed the women’s role in industry began on September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. Soon after Britain and France decided to take action against the invasion and declared war on Germany. By September 3, 1939 World War II had begun and the Nazi’s goals to take over Europe had just begun (Beevor 11). Throughout the 1940’s Germany began invading counties in Western Europe and taking rein over them. In the months of March and June of 1940 Germany captured France, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Belgium. Having lost one of their major allies, (France) Great Britain was not as strong as it had been previously and was in need of help (Beevor 70). On December 7, 1941 hundreds of Japanese airplanes bombed Pearl Harbor, an American naval base, wounding and killing thousands of American soldiers. On December 8, 1941, after the incident President Franklin Roosevelt declared war on Japan and the United States ... ... middle of paper ... ...rrespondents in World War II. New York: Crown, 2002. Print. Gluck, Sherna B. Rosie The Riveter Revisited. Boston: Twayne, 1987. Print. Gregory, Chester W. Women in Defense Work during World War II; an Analysis of the Labor Problem and Women's Rights. New York: Exposition, 1974. Print. Hartmann, Susan M. The Home Front and Beyond: American Women in the 1940s. Boston: Twayne, 1982. Print. Honey, Maureen. Creating Rosie the Riveter: Class, Gender, and Propaganda during World War II. Amherst: U of Massachusetts, 1984. Print. Kathryn, Atwood J. Women Heroes of World War II. Illinios: Chicago Review., 2011. Print. Rowbotham, Sheila. A Century of Women: The History of Women in Britain and the United States. London: Viking, 1997. Print. Yellin, Emily. Our Mothers' War: American Women at Home and at the Front during World War II. New York: Free, 2004. Print.

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