The United States Entered World War II Essay

1641 Words Nov 14th, 2016 7 Pages
The United States entered World War II on December 7, 1941 after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After this women began to take a role in helpping the war effort after men enlisted in the military and rushed off to war. Many women started to loose their homemaker image and work outside the home. By 1945 one out of every four married women worked outside of the home. These women changed everyday women 's roles by working in industry, military, and the community around them. World War II changed the image of women 's roles in many areas; a major part of that change was seen with women taking over male-dominated jobs. Before the start of the World Wars a female 's job was to be a wife, mother, and homemaker. After men started to enlist and fight overseas there were critical jobs and roles that needed to be filled. From 1940 to 1945 five million women entered the workforce filling traditional male jobs. They became telephone operators, transit workers, taxi drivers, mail deliverers, truck drivers, and passenger and freight train workers. These women performed professional and technical jobs in radio, journalism, and media. A million girls volunteered with the Women 's Land Army to work on farms and pick crops. Also many agricultural schools taught sheep shearing, tractor driving, and equipment operation to women. In New Orleans, girls became street car "conductorettes". Before 1940 twenty-seven percent of women worked and by 1945 thirty-seven percent…

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