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Nhi Le English 112 Professor Byall Benson Paper #2 May 12, 2019 How Would You Characterize the Impact of World War I on American Women? World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, took place in Europe from July twenty-eight, nineteen-fourteen and ended on November eleven, nineteen-eighteen. The war that lasted more than four years was one of the most controversial battles and this is one of the most influential historical events in the history of the world. Here in the centenary of the First World War the contributions made by American women are largely overlooked when the reality is that women played a defining role in America’s victory, as the book “Through women’s eyes” indicated “a good way to start examining the dramatic changes in women’s public lives in the Progressive era is to present a portrait of women workers.” The period from 1890 through 1920 was known as the Progressive era in America, an age of increased industrialization and production. In this period, there were some social problems such as labor condition and public health and safety and since that, women’s clubs and organizations were formed, such as Young Women’s Christian Association (YMCA) and the national General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC). Also, to against racism issues, they established the National Association of Colored Women. There were a significant increase in female labor force from 1900 to 1920 with more than
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more than half population was foreign-born and nonwhite, they were recruited into jobs vacated by man who had gone to fight in the war. Women worked at jobs reserved for men like railway guard, police, firefighters and some of them had to worked heavy jobs in factories, farms. However, they only made about half of what the male worker earned and that led to the beginning of demands for equal pay, increasingly vocalized their need for equality in the workforce. After World War I, the Women’s Trade Union League ( WTUL), the organization formed in 1903 by jane Addams and Mary Anderson to help protect female workers, improve their wages and working conditions, shifted its emphasis from trade union organization to the passage of state maximum workday hours and minimum wage laws for working women. Also
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