Women's Roles During Ww2

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Women Roles During World War II
World War II forever changed the normative role of women. Before the war, a woman’s worth was determined by what she can do within her household. They were seen as inferior to men and exemplified the traditional role of taking care of the children, cooking and cleaning. However, the war changed people’s thoughts and ideas which gave women tremendous opportunities. World War II created jobs for women when the men in their families left for the war. These jobs that were only suited for males, now needed women to assume the men 's mantle. For the first time, women didn 't have to depend on a man to provide for their families. It was up to them to keep the nation running smoothly. In many ways, women helped the United
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The government used manipulative campaign poster to recruit women and influence society’s views of women’s importance in the war. The poster’s images idealized women suggesting that their femininity would still be intact regardless of if they were in the military, offices, or shipyards. They wanted to persuade women and men that working would not reduce a woman’s attractiveness and would now have a wave confidence engulfing them. Of all the images of working women during World War II, “Rosie the Riveter”, dressed in overalls and a head tie along with the slogan “we can do it”, was the most symbolic of womanhood. Rosie was a representation of the strength and patriotism of women. Women became dependent on themselves instead of their men. Some of these women were excited to be a part of something bigger housework. Ruth S. Wilson, for example, said “World War II changed her life because she made more money and became independent” she was one of many women who were able to become their very own …show more content…
Since most minority women were working as maids and cook, once World War II started these women moved to the industrialized areas for better jobs. African American women struggled to find employment in the defense industry, and when they did white women were not willing to work beside them. African American women were segregated and sent to do the most unfavorable jobs. During a call for integration in the dry docks and ship building plant, “we take pleasure in reporting to you that effective Monday, May 24, we are placing crews of negro welders, on the third shift, on our ways # 1, 2, 3 & 4” white workers staged a walk out that evolved into a riot. They were not happy simply because they would have to work with African Americans. According to the press release, "the shipyard was described as being full of civilian police of every description and a number soldiers from nearby brookley field were standing guard duty within the plant.” (add) Soon after, President Roosevelt called for the integration of the defense industry “All departments and agencies of the Government of the United States concerned with vocational and training programs for defense production shall take special measures appropriate to assure that such programs are administered without discrimination because of race, creed, color, or national origin.” Factories solved the issues by having an all-white shift and an all-black

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