30 - Rachel Waguespack U.S History after 1865 MW 9-10 To...

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Rachel Waguespack, October 30, 2009 U.S. History after 1865, MW 9-10 To what extent was Rosie the Riveter an accurate portrayal of the role of women during World War II? During World War II, Rosie the Riveter served as a representative of the working American woman who gained dominance in the manufacturing industry when the men went away to war. She was a patriotic icon for both the American ideal and feminism because women experienced opportunities in this time period much different than before. Women’s role in society, both domestically and in the workplace, had fluctuated greatly throughout the decades leading up to World War, going through stages of exponential movement towards having total equality as well as those of almost forced domesticity and subservience. When wartime rolled around, many women were pushed into the role of breadwinner again, but not quite to the same extent as during the Depression years before. In the 1930s, women
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