How did the war change the attitudes of women and minorities toward their status in American society

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How did the war change the attitudes of women and minorities toward their status in American society? WWII drastically changed the perspective women and other minorities had on their status in society. The new roles taken by both women and minorities opened their eyes to a more fruitful way of life; for women a life outside the domestic home life and for the minority equality. The new roles these people served gave them an entirely different outlook on what they could do. This essay will discuss the different roles performed by women and minorities and last it will cover their post war attitudes about their status. Prior to the war woman played a domestic role in life, in other words they tended to the home and children; that was pretty much it. When the war kicked off there was a need for the fulfillment of many different jobs; “Approximately 350,000 American women enlisted in the armed services.” 1 These jobs mostly consisted of shipping military equipment, office work, communications and medical positions. With the enlistment of many men, there were also positions available in the normal workforce. Women joined the industrial work force, “the nation’s factories were full of women working as airplane riveters, ship welders, and drill-press operators.” 2 Women had taken on a big role in society and were very good at what they did. However, they were not the only ones picking up the slack if you will. Minorities had also taken on a huge role in society when the war kicked off. African, Native and Mexican-Americans all joined the American army. Sadly the African-Americans experienced much segregation even while supporting and fighting the same fight as the white man; they were often given basic jobs. African- Americans also took to the industrial workforce alongside women. Native-Americans had a very important job in the war, they were “code talkers.” By utilizing their language in different regions they were able to converse orders and messages without the enemy understanding; “No Axis nation ever broke the codes devised by Native Americans.” 3

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