Essay American Women During World War II

820 Words Oct 14th, 2015 4 Pages
As the Great Depression ends in 1939, World War II begins in Europe. America attempts to remain neutral but on December 7, 1941, Japanese fighter planes attack Pearl Harbor initiating America to enter the war the following day. During this time period, American women play the role of mother, wife and homemaker until World War II brings new opportunities. With the enlistment of American men, a fictitious tough, bandanna-clad workingwoman called “Rosie the Riveter” is used in marketing by the U.S. Government to recruit women to fill many of the positions previously closed to them. “Rosie the Riveter” is the name given to all women during World War II who gave their lives or worked in military supported factories ( Bettye Branan, born February 1925 in Arkansas, is a World War II “Rosie the Riveter.” She shares her life experience in an interview with David Dunham of the University of California (Branan). Her story is one of many that demonstrate the changing role of women in society, the independence they earned during the war, and societies prejudices against diverse cultures. While Bettye’s father worked, her mother kept the house clean, did the grocery shopping, cooked all 3 meals, and tended to the flowers in her garden. Bettye assumed when she was all grown up that she would be just like her mother. After graduating from high school, Bettye traveled to California to work in an effort to support the war. She learned riveting at Douglas Aircraft, welding in…

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