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Name: The American Homefront During World War II Document #1: New Roles for Women during WWII With so many men fighting overseas, the demand for women workers rose sharply. In 1940, before the United States get involved in WWII, about 14 million women worked about 25% of the nation’s labor force. By 1945, that number had climbed to more than 19 million roughly 30% of the nation’s labor force. Women worked in munitions factories, shipyards, and offices. Much of the nation welcomed the growing numbers of women into the workplace. The country promoted Rosie the Riveter an image of a strong woman hard at work at an arms factory as its cherished symbol for its new group of wage earners. Rosie the Riveter All day long, Whether rain or shine, She’s part of the assembly line. She’s making history, Document 1 Questions 1. Why was there a sharp increase in the number of women in the workforce in 1945? 2. What types of jobs did women have during World War II?
3. Who was “Rosie the Riveter”?
4. Looking at the picture above, describe what type of woman
5. In your own words, describe the image that the song lyrics paint about “Rosie the Riveter.”
Document #2: The War Production Board (WPB)

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