Nurse's Role In World War II

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Dellie Hahne, who worked as a nurse’s aid during World War II, once said, "I think a lot of women said, Screw that noise. 'Cause they had a taste of freedom, they had a taste of making their own money, a taste of spending their own money, making their own decisions. I think the beginning of the women's movement had its seeds right there in World War Two." (www.shmoop.com) After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States officially entered World War II. Because of men and women leaving for war, many young women and once unemployed wives had to take over their roles back home and become the main supplier for everything. Women active in the war, however, began to change the way men and society viewed them. Men started respecting…show more content…
On average, “... more than 200 Army Nurses lost their lives during World War II.” (http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/femvets5.html) Aside from the stress of caring for wounded soldiers, nurses also had to watch out for themselves to make sure they weren't in the line of fire. For instance, “...a ship ferrying several hundred WAACs…was sunk by a German submarine.” ((http://americanhistory.abc-clio.com/) Nurses also had to work under the strenuous conditions after raids or bombings; if they weren’t killed first. Many nurses were also taken as prisoners by the Japanese and were very seldom returned home. All in all, nurses “...suffered many casualties, and yet were denied full military status.” ((http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/femvets5.html) Other trials nurses had to go through was rape, sexual harassment, and depression. Military Sexual Trauma (MST) is sexual assault and repeated sexual harassment. On average, “...24% of women had suffered sexual assault after the military.” (www.salem-news.com) For instance, “Many [women] were gang-raped by their military “comrades”...”. Most of the time, when the women reported these attacks, nothing was done about it. The aftermath of the war was called for change. Women began wanting more rights, and nurses in the war were given those rights and were also rewarded for their services as well. (http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/femvets5.html)Specifically, “Nurses received 1,619 medals, citations, and commendations during the war, reflecting dedication and courage of all who served.” They also got “6 or more battle stars, [which is] far more than the typical Dogface Infantryman.” (www.salem-news.com) Women’s involvement in the war was the beginning of women wants more rights and equality with
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