The Great Depression And World War II: Changing Roles For Women

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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. Nearly 200,000 women served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). During this time there was a shortage of manpower. So back home while the men and boys were at war, through the…show more content…
Coming from all walks of life, there were those already working who switched to higher-paying defense jobs, those who had lost their jobs due to the Depression, and then there were the women who worked at home. Rosie the Riveter was the idol for these working women also she was known as the cover girl for the recruiting campaign. By 1944, 16 percent of all working women held jobs in war industries. While an estimated 18 million women worked during the war, there was growing concern among them that when the war was over, it would never be the same again. That new venture for American women would soon come to an end. Some faced harassment for attempting to stay in industry, and the government insisted that they were just a substitute until the war was over, but the women never faltered. They had changed industry and left permanent effects. Although when the war ended with the Allies victorious, the need for munitions workers abruptly ceased. Women were now forced to leave their jobs to seek others. But the number of working women never again fell to pre-war levels, and their significant contribution is still recognized today. Rosie the Riveter lives on in movies, books and songs. Today in the United States we still have women who work in factories, and still do what was once called “man work”. So were the changes for the better, yes they were because women would still be at home doing the duties of a women, and not out pursuing what they really

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