Imagine being in WWII United States with 350,000 women in Armed Forces at home and in uniform. Between 1940 and 1945 the female workforce percentage increased from 27% to about 37%. By 1945 nearly 1 out of every 4 married women worked away from home. Women were an important part in WWII because they didn't give up. Women worked for the airforce, Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, and Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, just to name some of many important jobs.
The Army airforce included Women's Airforce Service Pilots also known as WASPs on August 5, 1943 WASPs are required to have a private pilot licence and 200 hours of flight time, and train them to fly the Army way. Soon it began accepting women without …show more content…
Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps were later changed to Women’s Army Corps also known as WACs on July 1, 1943 with full military status. WACs worked in more than 200 non-combatant jobs stateside and in every stage of war. By 1945 there were more than 100,000 Wacs and 6,000 female officers.
In the Navy Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service also known as WAVES, in August 3, 1942. The training program for WAVES was a harsh 12 week 8 hours a day. The first class had 644 women with a maximum of 1,250 graduates. By fall 1942 there were 10,000 WAVES in active service.
WWII in Europe women were also very important, men were sent into war without a choice. To keep the countries operating women had to look after their households and families. They also had to take over the mens jobs in the factories. Many of the factories made machinery and weapons.
The women were encouraged to take many parts in the war effort from joining the Army or Navy to taking the men’s old jobs. They did the same work (maybe sometimes more) as the men for less pay than the men used to get. The women also had to deal with feeding their families on rations as food was limited. They had to make very little last a long time which was difficult when they were working very hard as