Women 's Involvement During The World War II Essay

1134 Words Sep 10th, 2015 5 Pages
World War 2 was fought from 1939 to 1945 in Europe and during much of the 1930s and 1940s in Asia. It was not till the 3rd of September 1939 when Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies broadcast on every national and commercial radio station in Australia the beginning of Australia 's involvement in the War. Many men and women contributed to the war effort, the men going to fight in other countries, while the women like in the first world war stayed in Australia knitting socks and baking cookies to post to their loved ones fighting. But unlike the first war, women 's involvement grew during the war grew with more jobs being available, allowing them to break through the social stereotype and show the men that women are able to achieve anything men can do. Propaganda used to encourage women to take part in the war effort used words such as Independent and capable to describe women, thus challenging the original idea of women in Australian society. Although WWII helped to encourage the growth of ideas about gender equality in Australia, many women were happy to return to their pre-war lifestyle and there was significant progress on this front until the 1960 's feminist revolution. Throughout the duration of World War 2 Australian women were faced with a range of new opportunities which led to a change in social opinion after the war had finished.

During WW2 women were encouraged to take on the roles of men and join workforces to support the war effort, thus creating opportunities…

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