World War II was the largest and most violent armed conflict in the history of mankind. During World War II women played important roles in the fighting front and the home front. Millions of women were working in factories and offices while others were on military bases to work in paying jobs . WWII gave women the chance to prove they are just as capable as men.While men were being sent out to fight Women were working in the factories, motivated by the famous poster of Rosie the Riveter exclaiming ‘we can do it!' "The women factory workers fought their own battles during the war. They struggled with new horizons, social discrimination, gender harassment, and physical pain from long hours and poor work conditions. They worked assembling bombs, building tanks, and grease locomotives. Although women were considered better as some tasks than men, they received just 60% of the male wages. They were treated as substitutes while men were fighting. A woman is a substitute," claimed a War Department brochure, like plastic instead of metal. Many of the economic and social gains women experienced during WWII, were reveised following the war.
Life for women during WW2 was bittersweet. Their loved ones were at war, yet they discovered they were able to hold down men's job. This changed their outlook on life and also made themselves and other people realise that they could confidently take on the roles of men; that their part was not just in the home. This change in attitude was brought on in the war and after it they didn't want to go back to being housekeepers after working for so long.The types of work that women did during the war included factory jobs - maintenance work and ship building, in the armed forces - clerical work and transport, nursing and work on the land. Before the war the only jobs women had were teaching and nursing which were both very sheltered. The factory jobs etc made them stronger and more assertive, and after all this experience they did not...
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