Roles Of Women During World War II
There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States—every man, woman, and child—is in action, and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives, and in our daily tasks.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 28 April 1942
Women Before the War: Before the war began women were mainly housewives, most did not work, and if they did they were more than likely not married. They would stay at home and cook, clean, take care of their children and their husband. During this time most women would lose their job when they would get married because they would automatically be expected to just stay home and take care of the house. The War Has Begun: On September 1, 1939 Hitler invaded Poland and World War II was declared. As war was declared the men were called to action, they had to help …show more content…
The well-known “Rose the Riveter” was a part of a government campaign aimed at recruiting female workers for the munitions industry. At the beginning of the war the US women workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home. Most of the positions that they took on weren’t available to women before the war. Women began to work at factories, the aircraft industry, the shipping industry, drove trucks, made parachutes, worked in the lab, trained anti-aircraft artillery gunners, and they even began to take government jobs