Everyone began to realize that this war could not be won without the help of everyone, whether they were a male or female. Many people pushed and supported women being able to join the workforce... ... middle of paper ... ...t they could take on, thanks to many of the laws such as WAC and WASP. Although they didn't always get the same payment as men, they still helped out and contributed to the war. There was also many propaganda campaigns started to get women supporting the war, one of the most memorable is Rosie the Riveter. Lastly, the ideas of roles of women started to change.
Women also realized that they enjoyed this taste of freedom and wanted to continue this lifestyle even after the war. World War II sparked the women’s movement, as the major role they played and the contributions they made helped to change the way women were viewed by society and create new opportunities for them. Before World War II, the role of a woman was to be a wife and mother. Most jobs were reserved for men and some states prohibited married women from even having certain jobs. There was extreme sexism that women didn’t even take note of.
Prior to this, traditional men and government used the excuse that women were weak-minded and to emotional to vote. But their participation in the war and them working in factories which were not designed for women, with hard work, long hours, chemicals and heavy metals, proved them to be capable. This had to be noticed by the government. Source H suggests that the war acted as a catalyst for women’s suffrage. It says people are mistaken about how much the war really did to gain women the vote.
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.
Because the many contributions of women during WWII went unnoticed, even today, Americans need to learn the sacrifices many women made while still being treated as less than a man. Only from these mistakes can the United States learn to recognize the women that serve this country on a daily basis. Before WWII, women knew their place. Carol Harris of BBC News says, “In the 1930s, social roles were clearly defined. A woman's place was in the home, a man's place was out at work.
We start this exploration with the lives of American women. World War Two granted opportunities to women, that had never been seen in American history, that let them demonstrate that they could self manage and had an entitlement of equal opportunities in the work force. To begin with, World War Two with many men in the military and an increase in the demand for work, left many jobs that would be occupied by men vacant. This meant that women were actually called from their gender stereo-typed jobs, of domestic labor, and actually encouraged to enter the work force; an essay from Private lives/Public Moments describes the circumstances well, “In wartime the stigma attached to employment for married women evaporated. Women not only were tolerated in the paid labor force, they were actively recruited to take 'men's jobs' as a patriotic duty, to keep the war economy booming while the men went off to fight.” (Cavallo, 141).
Most believe that World War II benefited women in the workforce. But did it really? World War II created war-related jobs and caused a large amount of men and voluntary enlistees. During World War II women played a part in the workforce in a way that was unpredicted in the U.S. history. The two pre existing factors of moral rights and society’s stereotypes collided with one another as the traditional female gender roles were diminished from war opportunities.
The Role and Status of Women in the 1940s and 1950s After the First World War women had gained a huge step towards having equality with men. In 1918 married women over the age of 30 were given the right to vote. During the war women had proved themselves as capable as men, not only as nurses near the front lines working in very dangerous positions but also back in Britain working to help the war effort in jobs that before the war they could never have even had a chance of getting. However women were still a long way of having any vague equality with men, and when the men returned from war things changed as men were still considered far above women. Although it had got worse since the end of the war it should be recognised that women's role in society had been greatly improved since the days before the First World War.
Women showed their skill and ability to work, changing their role in society. “Women were hired for traditionally male occupations” (“Women in business”). After being hired for male jobs, women were portrayed differently and not as the average housewife. In 1944 women addressed the fact they do not get equal pay for equal work and to have working conditions improved (“Women in Society”). That included having childcare for working mothers.
Women and their Involvement in World War II Women had a huge role in the World War II that so many do not recognize. Women were involved in many different jobs that allowed them to step out of the ordinary norm as the “typical housewife”, and dive into fierce hardworking jobs that until then only a man could do. Women jumped into the factories and many different roles that contributed to World War II, because the need for more American workers was crucial. A few roles of women prior to the World War I consisted of cooking, cleaning, and caring for the children. These were the basic fundamental jobs that women were expected of women to do,” (Campbell 1) .During this time men were the sole base of the household income, and the head provider for their family.