Essay about Women in World War Ii

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History 103 Sec 002 Fall Term Research Paper

In what specific ways did the Second World War change the lives of women in Canada and/or the United States? Were the changes merely temporary or did they sow the seeds of collapse for traditional gender roles? * * The Second World War dramatically changed the lives of women in both Canada and the United States, on every level from political, to social, to sexual. Further, the changes in women’s lives during this time were not merely temporary reactions to a current situation, but rather were profound societal changes that would forever alter the place of women, and men, in modern society.

Before the war, women were cast as the “homemaker”, and their principal duty was to bear
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This was the first time in history when women were not just allowed to take on obligations outside of their home life, but they were given the opportunity to express themselves in ways they never had before. * * During the war, women felt for the first time like they were truly needed and they greatly enjoyed the contributions they were able to make to the war efforts, like forming the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Philip Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, founded and funded this League to fill the void that was left because of the departure of men to fight in WWII. This was “a period of time when women were not supposed to have professional careers outside of the home, much less careers that involved professional athletics” but women defied these ideas on all levels, and the AAGPBL was a critical example of this. The league was a massive success and had a loyal following for twelve years.

Women quickly became “disgruntled with their place in society and the inability to obtain employment and achieve equality” post-war. Women’s human rights had finally been recognized, and yet after the war they were assumed to go right back to the duty of “homemaker”. * * Women decided to take a stand. They started organizing boycotts and other social movements, such as public marches, pushing for their human rights as well as protection against the discrimination women were facing at the

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