Roles Of Women In The 1940s

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Trilogy of 1940’s Women Brittanie Glover Baker College of Clinton Township Trilogy of 1940’s Women During the 1940’s women's roles and expectations in society were changing rapidly. Women had very little say in society and were stereotyped as stay home, baby makers, and to be a good home maker and wife. The 40's were different, life for women was expanding, the men were at war and someone had to step up and take their place. Not only did the women have to take care of home, they now had to take care of the finances while still looking awesome. Women in the 40’s began entering to workforce, working in factories, labored jobs and became the attention of society in the entertainment industry, some even started to join or volunteer in…show more content…
Only the men would work to support the family. It was rare and almost none existing that a woman worked at all. Kimberly A. Hall, author of WOMEN IN WARTIME, writes: Picture 1: Vintage Sexism ad Adapted form: We Are Still the Weaker Sex, Ladies’ Home Journal, September 1944 The expected role of a women in the 1940s was to create a Comfortable home for her husband and properly raise the children. The Majority of women upheld these expectations during the Second World War. In 1942, there were 28 million homemakers married women. Form the start women of this era were taught this, taught that marriage and having a well-kept home was the most important things in life. The one and only real role for the women of the 40s was to fill the role of glamorous mum, cook, laundress, cleaner, dishwasher, nurse, and finally hostess but this way of life would slowly become rare itself do to the…show more content…
Women took on many active roles in World War II by working paid jobs that had been held by men such as bank teller, shoe salesperson or aircraft mechanic. Woman started working in factories, hence the phenomenon “Rosie the Riveter”. More traditional jobs for women were roles such as nursing, secretarial or caring jobs. As seen in the ad Not only men were going off to war, in 1942 The Women's Army Corps (WAC) and Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services (WAVES) were established. After these organizations were accepted congress authorized women to serve in the U.S. Navy, as read from the Encyclopedia of American history: The Great Depression and World War
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