Gender’s Role in World War I
The World War I officially ended progressivism in the United States and left the nation with great impacts on various groups of the society. However, the most significant impacts happened to occur on the role of men and women, that the war has altered the status of the genders in the United States. These changes occurred virtually and differently, also were somehow permanent and had a long-lasting effect which also helped to inform the nowadays society. The World War I was a pivotal time for women, because it gave women an opportunity to prove themselves in a male-dominated society, doing more than cleaning the house and tending to the children. With so many men going to war, there was a large gap in employment and, in response women came in to replace the men. The YMCA, which stands for Young Women’s Christian Association, helped the engagement of women’s war-related work, and the Red Cross, which admitted thousands of women volunteers to provide most of the health and sanitary services to military and civilian casualties of the war, together played an important role in the development of women’s rights and position. According to the poster, a woman in worker’s uniform is holding both an aircraft and a bomb at the same time, represents women’s involvement in many men-dominant jobs. Also, in another poster, a woman in nurse suit and is wrapped in an American flag is summoning more and more women voluntary workers to her organization, the Red Cross. In general, women did very well surprising men with their ability to undertake heavy work and with their efficiency. The posters did a great job on recruiting women as well, that they have shown the exact images of working women and how valiant and heroic can women be, therefore calling and attracting more women to join the groups, either as volunteers or workers. By the middle of the war, women were already regarded as a force to be proud of, also were part of the glory of the United...
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