Female Roles in WWII and Post WWII Introduction WWII was a time for a woman to change her identity Took on other jobs beyond traditional role in the home Factory workers (majority), longer hours, etc Eventually, see a rise in female journalists Women were allowed to take jobs that were previously unavailable to them The Government campaigned to get Women on board Could still be feminine and work Being patriotic Rosie the Riveter Issues with the female worker Threatened the position of male workers Women forsook their original roles and became “out of hand” Over six million female workers, big enough to pose a threat to male Women had better crafting skills than men Many became injured or died due to unsafe conditions Women and the Military Formation of WACS: Women’s Army Core & WAVES: Women Assisting Voluntarily in Emergency Situations Issues With Women in the Military Defined as a masculine institution; a soldier was defined as “man with a gun who engages in combat” War was seen as the ultimate test of masculinity, therefore why was there a female place in it? Female soldiers were often thought to be “loose” or “mannish”,
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