The Roles Of American Women During World War II

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America’s intentions were to stay far away from the battle grounds of World War II. However, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, America was left with no choice but to join the war. Over two million men were deployed oversees to aid the allies; leaving their family and friends behind. At home, America struggled with missing their loved ones and wanting to help in any way possible. Americans occupied themselves during WWII with work, baseball, movies, and music.
After husbands, brothers, and fathers left for war, America was left with a large hole in the workforce; American women were asked to step up and fill the country’s needs (“WomenWW2”). Women quickly stepped into jobs that previously were never allowed to be occupied by females. In New
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The women in the surrounding areas took action and became the first women street car conductors. Other women worked as common factory workers. So Women quickly stepped in and took that role as well as other common jobs that needed to be filled due to the lack of man power. Women also worked in war factories. The factories made war materials that the U.S. needed for war, such as ammo, guns, trucks, planes, and boats. Finally, women served in uniform, both at home and abroad (“WomenWW2”). Over the entire course of the war, nearly 350,000 women served in the war effort (“WomenWW2”). While working in uniform women would often take office, clerical jobs, and repair jobs first, so the men would be available to fight. Women also worked as front line battle nurses (“WomenWW2). Some women even lost their lives during the war: sixteen nurses were killed by direct enemy fire, and sixty-eight women were captured as Prisoners of war (POWs) in the Philippians. However many were rewarded for their bravery: 1,600 nurses were decorated for …show more content…
In the 1940’s music was mainly swing, blues, country, and big band (“FortiesMusic”). However, a new type of song arose during the war called, a WWII song. The WWII song took many different angles. Before the war even started songs like: “Rockabye Baby, There ain’t gonna be no War,” foretold the fear of sending troops. A tribute to the fall of France was written, “The last time I saw Paris.” Every time something major would happen in the war the American song writers were ready to capture the moment with their songs. When the draft took place the song “Goodbye Dear, I’ll be back in a year” was written portraying the emotions of husbands leaving for war and how they were going to miss their wives, but for the wives to be hopeful and know that they’ll be back in a year. Days after the attack on Pearl Harbor the song “Remember Pearl Harbor” was recorded and released to the public, to give some comfort and recognition to the tragic loss (“FortiesMusic”). WWII songs started to take on a new meaning as the war drug on leaving American souls eager for the end of war creating a need for, patriotic songs. Patriotic songs were made to lift American moral, to keep the American spirit alive, to help remind the people of why the war was being fought, and to keep America safe (“FortiesMusic”). One of these songs was “God Bless America.” The song had originally been recorded in 1918 but had been unpopular among the public. In

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