Women Who Made a Difference January 9, 2012 World War II came after the women’s right to vote, which was a major accomplishment for women. But when the war started in 1941, the women in the military were nurses. WWII opened up opportunities for women that had never been available before. As the men were called up for duty, the women was left behind to care for families (Beasley, 2002), which meant they had to work and provide for their family. Most jobs were deemed a “man jobs”, but employers had to hire women to replace the men who went to serve.
Even though it was a job dominated by men, during the civil war many women had to become nurses due to the lack of males. Even though many male doctors opposed women as nurses, women were so useful that complaints from doctors were soon ignored. Women nurses were very significant during this period of time because they helped save many lives and at least slow down the spread of disease and the death rate. But that’s not all that women in the nursing profession did. Women in this job also provided traditional women jobs such as cleaning, cooking, and laundering.
Combat Women In the US vs. The Soviet Union “Feminism,” it was once said “is the radical notion that women are people.” During the second World War women across the globe were striving to prove this, and gain their rightful place in the military. Soviet women were trailblazers during World War II; the incredible skills that these women possessed were recognized, and they were able to attain many combat positions previously reserved exclusively for men. However, The United States government was not nearly as progressive- and American women were heavily discriminated against. Women who volunteered their lives for our country were denied military a status, despite the fact that they were equally qualified and capable.
Many people soon began to admire the patriotism of these women who had been denied equality for so long by a large proportion of the country now wanted to help maintain the same country. Women began to take a major role in a wide range of industries including Munitions, Hospitals and farm land. They also took over industries that had been male dominated before the war including the police with the creation of the Women Police Volunteers and shipbuilding due to dilution. Women also were able to enter the armed forces due to the creation of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps. This amount of enthusiasm and energy women showed at work changed male attitude towards them and many realised these women were perfectly capable of being able to vote.
According to numbers of the National Park Service, by late 1941, 14 million women constituted one quarter of the nation's workforce. The Second World War was a pivotal event for women's establishment as an equal part of the workforce. Men entered military service, leaving a high number of jobs vacant which women had to cover. By the end of the war, the number of employed women had risen to 18 million, one third of the total workforce Contribution to War Effort Direct involvement of women in military operations in the European and East Asian theatre of the war was limited. However, the nation's female population played a decisive role in wartime production, ensuring the smooth transition to a war economy.
My essay explains the life of women in the second world war women , women played a vital part in this country’s success in World War Two. Women were recruited by many different organisations some examples are WLA womens land army, WVS Women's Voluntary Service , ATS The Auxiliary Territorial Service, WAAF Women's Auxiliary Air Force, SOE Special Operations Executive. As you can see there were a lot of organisatiions that were a part of ww2 as you read on I will tell you more about each organisation and how they helped I will also tell you about entertainment and about the evacution process and about the factory work. The Evacuation: process was the most important so children and people would not get injured.Young mothers with young children
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
Because being a teacher was to be with children and teach them what was right and wrong, just like mothers. In this period, men didn’t think for one second to be a maid, nurse or teacher, because they were meant for women to do and they were too manly for those jobs. Before the war employers didn’t hire women because they believed they were jobs assigned for men (nps.gov). Most women gave up work when they married, though some women kept working after marriage because they couldn't afford to give up their jobs. Working after marriage was generally something done mainly by poor women.
War and Gender In her article, “G.I. Jane Breaks the combat barrier,” Lizette Alvarez (2009) reports that military women are by no means inferior to men, but they been manacled by military policy. First, Alvarez shows that U.S. military women rarely join the combat in American before, but military women are showing their valor at combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Second, Alvarez states that women’s success must be quiet because this will contradict the policies set in place. Third, Alvarez posits that military women are indispensable in the Iraq and Afghanistan because women can do as much as men do, or even more than men do for cultural reasons.
World War II and Female War Correspondents After America’s entry into World War II, women became the mainstay of the American workforce due to the exodus of the male population that was fighting in Europe and the Pacific. This was a stellar opportunity for females to advance their journalistic careers both overseas and the American home front. At the end of World War II, more than 127 female war correspondents had received official accreditation from the United States military as war correspondents. Three of the most successful of those women were Clare Booth Luce, Therese Bonney, and Marvin Breckinridge Patterson (Library of Congress, 2010). Prior to World War II, Clare Booth Luce was a playwright living in the United States, Therese