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Allison Morrow 102-3AA February 14, 2009 Paper #1: World War II Poster Analysis Women’s Labor in World War II World War II was a turbulent era of time for the entire world. In many cases, the outcome in countries fighting both for the Allies and Axis Powers, like the United States and Germany, led to social changes that affected entire lifestyles, mainly women’s lives in the 1940s. American women were, when they worked for the cause of the war as laborers, allowed to see what could be different and notice that social change was needed. However, in Germany, change was much more difficult to see, and it seemed very unlikely that social progress could come out of their era of tyranny. American woman were given more labor opportunities than German women during World War II, which these factors influenced social progress for future generations. Both of these poster, which promoted labor for the war effort on both sides, make this clearly evident and are both are extremely successful. However, success in America did not happen immediately; it needed something to help appreciate the importance of for social progress, like World War II. This particular poster or that time era is aimed toward women clearly fighting for an ideal America. This would appeal to women of this era because their roles were much different from the roles of women today. Women were expected to be housewives and to be very feminine creatures. This poster even advertises to that effect because the woman depicted has her long hair down while working on a piece of equipment. This is strange because during physical activity, many women will put their hair up and out of their face that way they can fully work without that distraction. If a woman were to let her hair down while working in a factory, her hair might get caught in the machinery. It
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also shows the woman’s face; the face is clearly attractive and soft. The black background emphasizes the features, making the female “pop” because it draws attention to the feminine side. Both of these physical aspects of the woman in the picture attribute to the feminine side, which makes women who observe this poster think they can keep their beauty and softness while still working toward an American ideal. Many women, if they did work toward the war effort besides in factories, worked
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This note was uploaded on 06/16/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Bey during the Fall '11 term at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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