Denesia Rollins Mr. McKinney History 134-015 12 March 2012 Analysis Paper #3 The Great Depression and World War II have changed the United States by the Changing Roles for Women. With American men enlisting in the war effort, the work force quickly diminished. Who would "man" the assembly lines in the factories to produce the needed items for the current war? The War marked and important watershed in the women status. With most of the men going into military service, the demand for labor struck up old prejudices about sex roles in the workplace, and the military.
The role of women before, after, and during World War II was very diverse to say the least but women's lives changed in many ways during World War II. Many women found their roles and opportunities and responsibilities expanded, as they did in previous wars. Husbands went to war or went to work in factories in other parts of the country, and the wives had to pick up their husbands' responsibilities. With fewer men in the workforce, women filled more traditionally-male jobs. In the military, women were banned from combat duty, so women were called on to fill some jobs that men had performed, to free men for combat duty.
The lives of women on the Home Front were greatly affected by World War I The lives of women were greatly affected by the war, mainly in a positive way in the long run. Before the war upper-class women did not work, in contrast working class women worked in professions such as maids or working in factories as a way to provide for their families. Statistics show that as many as 11% of women worked as domestic servants before the war. The war also helped the social status of women dramatically in a positive manner as well as giving women the chance to work in a greater variety of jobs, although after the war they were expected to return to their original traditional housewife role. When the war broke out in August 1914, thousands of women lost their jobs in dressmaking, millenary and jewellery making.
Meaning since most men had gone to war, nobody else but women were able to fill men's daily roles. This was very important during world war II because the U.S. needed people to work on the unemployment jobs, especially the jobs relating to the war. This propaganda in my opinion is very convincing to women. Its convincing because women knew that if they didn't help, their husbands and family members might not return back.The picture displays the lady wearing a red rag on her head, the He is white and she is wearing a blue working uniform. I believe this is representing the U.S. and its demonstrating her pride for the country.
SIMILIARITIES AND DIFFERENCES World war ll was a great moment in history for women to step up to the plate and get the credit they deserve. Because the women replaced the men’s jobs who were off fighting for our country, they really made a huge impact to meet the wartime needs. Women made it possible. After World War two however, some things changed for the good and the bad. There are many differences and similarities of their roles during the war and after, this also includes the short-term and long-term effects on women forever.
Historical Background World War I, also known as The Great War, was an international conflict lasting from 1914 to 1918. The driving force that led nations to war was imperialism. It was fought between the Central Powers (consisting mainly of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey) and the Allied Powers (consisting mainly of France, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, Serbia, the United States, and Japan). The United States maintained neutrality in the conflict until 1917, when war on Germany was officially declared. American military and economic contributions to the Allied war effort helped to turn the course of the war and eventually led to the defeat of the Central Powers.
When women started working male jobs such as a factory worker the men looked down upon the women as not being fit for the job. At this time all women in America faced the issues of society thinking women were too fragile or not strong enough. Men were suspicious of women and factories saw the needs for women secondary to that of the men. Not only that but also women were left out of the important decision making process of companies becaue womens intellectual ability was seen as inferior to the mens. Women started working traditional male jobs yes because it helped with the war effort but women had something to prove.
New industries, naval, and army bases were being built during the home front. Women played a huge role in this because if they didn’t stay home and take over for the men, they wouldn’t have the money to raise their families. “Only one in nine of the 45,000 women who signed up were selected for duty overseas” (Suite101) so a large percentage of women stayed back home. The National Selective Service controlled the women and men. They would only make the decisions for them “who could join up and who could not, where they could work, and when they could change jobs.” (Thecanadianencyclopedia) It was a tough life, but it was the only way to support their husbands when their off to war.
In 1918, the government introduced with the use of DORA a rationing system which ensured equal distribution of food supply to all, limiting the issue of starvation. Civilians faced increasing economic hardship and the terrible impact of the long casualty lists that affected so many families, which in these circumstances war weariness grew. (HTA, 2007) Despite the discontent, public support for the war effort remained generally strong and supportive. Throughout the war of attrition, the economy became a weapon to channel resources to all. Home front support and the tremendous feel of euphoria and the consistent contribution of all Britain civilians affected positively on sustaining victory in
Name Tutor Course Date The New Woman Women over the past have undergone several changes throughout history to make gender imbalance and discrimination outdated. In the 19th century, many efforts echoed down aiming to fight for women’s rights to give them equal opportunities with their male counterparts (Sheridan 2). Through history, we learn that men had more privileges than women did in the past whereby they did not do certain activities like voting or holding certain offices. These offices and activities clearly deemed to be for men only pushed women into jobs perceived to be inferior. This discrimination led to the beginning of a new revolution of feminism to champion for equality to bridge