English II Honors
11 April 2011
U.S Women During World War II
When the United States entered World War II most of the men at home were sent overseas to fight against the axis powers. When the men were sent overseas there was a shortage of workers created on the home front and to offset the shortage women began to work. When women entered the work force it initiated a change in their social standing that brought them to where they are today. In the 1940s women lacked the rights that they have today. During World War II, women entered the work place and for the first time, challenged male prejudice and social order.
After the United States entered World War II women were needed to run the factories but most factories were reluctant to hire women because the work that needed to be done was thought to be work that only a man could do. Factories waited until there was no one left to hire but women. Eventually more than six million women entered the work force (Bailey33). When women entered the work force the conditions of factories improved greatly. One way conditions improved was the creation of cafeterias so that the women had somewhere to eat. Another improvement was cleanliness because factory owners started to keep the work areas cleaner and started to provide bathrooms and showers for their workers. Most people like to think that women entered the work force due to patriotism but most of the women went to work for the money. Some women were deterred from working because of health risks. One of the worst health risks were riveters ovaries that were caused by too much vibration from the Vuick 2
machines and kept women from having babies (Bailey88). The benefits outweighed the risks and women began to work to help their country and their families. The most well known woman of the time was Rosie the Riveter who was the poster girl for women joining the work force. The women of the time admired her and...
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