Hitler's Creasing Expectation Towards Women During World War II

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The Nazis and the American government had opposing expectation toward women during World War II. The United States motivated women to replace men in the workforce while they were at war. The Nazis did not account for the loss of men in the workforce but they also did not want women working so ultimately they lost the war. The United States, along with its Allies, won World War II because they encouraged women to work while the Nazis wanted women marry and have children.
“Woman 's world is her husband, her family, her children and her home. We do not find it right when she presses into the world of men,” (Women in the Third Reich). Hitler believed in traditional ideals regarding gender. He thought working was a man 's job while caring for
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The award was given to mother who had four children or more. Women felt, when they won the award, that they were doing what was best in supporting their country. Lebensborn, a German word meaning the “fount of life” was a Nazi supported organization. Its goal was to raise the birthrate in Germany . The organization promote extramarital births of Aryan children. The women (who were unmarried) were given shelter and financial support while their illegitimate children were given up for adoption. The men in the Lebensborn equation were members of the SS, a sect of the Nazi government (Women in the Nazi State). They were all expected to father at least four children in or out of wedlock (The Role of Women in Nazi Germany). Nazi Germany also increased punishment on abortion of “racially pure” children. (Women in the Third Reich). Despite wanting all women to be married Hitler was not opposed to illegitimate children or extramarital affairs, provided they stayed within people of the “superior master …show more content…
The icon “Rosie the Riveter” represented woman workers who replaced the jobs previously done by men. Though Rosie is fictitious she inspired hundreds of thousands of women to work in war-related fields (Rosie the Riveter). Eleanor Roosevelt, the first lady during World War Two, set an example for female workers. She was progressive, independently minded, outspoken and did not let her husband’s power dwarf her own. Eleanor once said, “if I were of a debutante age I would go into a factory–any factory where I could learn a skill and be useful,” (Quotations by Eleanor Roosevelt). She was really insistent women working, married or not, as a way to gain confidence and independence. By the end of the war one in ten married women had jobs (Women and World War II). The United States use of working women helped set the US ahead of Germany when both countries had to mobilize their

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