Bellafaire called The Women’s Army Corps: A Commemoration of the World War II Service states that over 150,000 American women served in the Women 's Army Corps during World War II. Women part of the WAC were the first women to serve. Military leaders were facing a problem in supplying the material needed for the men. That 's when they realised that women could supply those resources. They were giving the opportunity to make a contribution to the war effort.
For the first time, the financial duties of a household fell onto the shoulders of women. Due to the lack of manpower, the opportunities that were offered to women expanded greatly, and women started taking on hard skilled labour that was initially always seen as “men’s work”. By 1945, working women was so abundant that “one out of every four married women” worked (“American women in World War II”, n.d.). Women took on many home front jobs such as factory work, but the most significant increase was in the aviation industry, totalling a considerable 65% of the total industry (“American women in World War II”, n.d.). Many worked in factories, and produced supplies needed for war and for the allied powers, such as planes and
During this time women were now working as in before they were not, “By 1944 a total of 1,360,000 women with husbands in the service had entered the workforce.” (U.S. Soldiers After World War II) Which means that a year before the final ending of the war a tremendous amount of women were working trying to support their families. Hence resulted in the traditional feminine sex roles to be altered. Programs were placed to the returning veterans such as the, “GI Bill of Rights passed in 1944, provided money for veterans to attend college, to purchase homes, and to buy farms.” (The Postwar United States, 1945-1968) Although these programs are set in place it hardly did any good for the men because the women had taken a majority of the jobs available. The returning American men had to deal with family problems.
The civil war implemented the building of hospitals even though most of the volunteers were seen just the same as “camp followers” the women who went with their soldier. In the South, it looked very awful if “respectable” women were seen in a military hospital. Mary Ann Bickerdyke of Illinois, considered the best known nurse at the time of the civil war, began her career in nursing accidently. Bickerdyke delivered money to hospitals that were built by the Union at the junction of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. After her experiences being around soldiers suffering with no one to help, she became the only woman that was allowed in the army of General William T. Sherman.
No one had to ask could everything about Henrietta be released, but it was released without incident. But it took 20+ years for the information about Henritetta’s cells. It was still illegal for the doctors to take her cells and have their way with them, without her consent. These doctors and scientist did not really care about Henrietta because she was a colored women. Things would have a lot different if Henrietta was a white women with cancer.
Many Spanish women not only stayed home to help the infrastructure of their country, but also went into the armed forces. Almost four hundred thousand women served in and with the armed forces. This number exceeded the total male troop strength in nineteen thirty nine. Women went through the same training as the men but never were allowed to fire guns. They lived in the same conditions and did the same jobs but were restricted to being unable to fire a gun.
Women have always had to fight for equal rights from the beginning of the Revolutionary War to present day. Although, women have the right to vote, it doesn’t guarantee women are treated equally. Women are still being paid less than men; “full-time working women earn just 78 cents for every dollar a man earns” ("Did You Know That Women Are Still Paid Less Than Men?"). In the 1960s, women were expected to get married and stay at home taking care of the children. At the time period, jobs for women were limited, “38 percent of American women who worked in 1960 were largely limited to jobs as teacher, nurse, or secretary” ("The 1960s-70s American Feminist Movement”).
Older times were not always the best and most people back then had it harder than those today. “To fill the gap left by a generation of fighting men, more than a million women took the chance to join the workforce…,” according to Kate Adie. Before the 1900s, women tended to household chores and stayed home to watch the children rather than being in the workforce because those jobs were for men only; however, they were fighting for equality and wanted to join the workforce. Once World War One began women were the only ones around to be in the workforce because all the men were off fighting in the war. Women in the 1960’s fought hard to get their rights in the workforce and were successful at doing so.
Before the Civil War, women were rarely involved in any part of the war, but during it, women started to help the war effort by becoming nurses, and now by joining the Army. Document 4 is a letter from a war doctor; in her letter, she writes, “my post the open field between the bullet and the hospital...I write letters home for wounded soldiers, not political addresses.” As women like Clara Barton become more willing to help in wartime, they get more opportunities to become involved; whether being a nurse or a disguised soldier. Another example of this willingness is shown in Document 7; it is a photo of Eleanor Roosevelt speaking with American soldiers in the Galapagos Islands. Not everyone needs to serve in order to help with the war. Women like Eleanor Roosevelt play a huge role by lifting the spirits of American soldiers.
There's still discrimination because men love to show off how big they are or how much they can lift, making women feel like they are not good enough to be on the team. Even though women's sports have grown over the past decades, women’s sporting events have not grown more popular, media coverage of female athletes is not up to date. Three decades later they finally realize that women sporting channels are harder to find, and the presens on female athletes on tv are low, lower than they were back in the day. LA local networks affiliates dedicated about five percent of their coverage to women's sports in 1989, in 2014 the percentage had dropped 3.2 percent and because they took more time to focus on the women sports it was better then than it is now. Even though the participation of girl sports has increased, the commercials and highlight shows have made the girls look weak and the people interested in wanting to come and watch them play.
World War II is very similar to World War II with women joining the industrial workforce with over fifty percent. Women also joined the Women’s Army Corps and WAVES or Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service, but women were not allowed in combat. Many of these women that joined these two organizations performed many duties including clerical, nursing, and transportation duties with 240,000 women in their ranks. Women who took the jobs at home including the industrial jobs, textile jobs, defense jobs, and other jobs their income did go up as they moved to more important positions. Propaganda was used again to persuade women to join the war effort and help supply the men overseas.
The needs of the armed forces, the war economy and the deployment of men overseas created new jobs and opportunities for women. Before World War 2, they were not permitted to enlist in the military services, most of them were working in factories, shops or family businesses. From late 1940, Australian women were permitted and encouraged to enlist in the military services. Australian Women’s Army Service (A.W.A.S.) established the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force, Army and Navy forces.
WORLD WAR 1 ERA AMERICAN WOMEN August 15, 1917 Women take over men 's jobs By: Alexander Rodriguez Before entering the war women were only housewives but it all changed when the United States joined the war. American women started replacing men 's jobs as the men left their jobs to go serve for the United States in the war. The number of employed women raised by a lot in many industries. “There has been a sudden influx of women into such unusual occupations as bank clerks, ticket sellers, elevator operator, chauffeur, street car conductor, railroad trackwalker, section hand, locomotive wiper and oiler, locomotive dispatcher, block operator, drawbridge attendant, and employment in machine shops, steel mills, powder and ammunition
Lack of Government Support For Affected Veterans According to the article, “Government 's PTSD Treatment for Veterans, Lacking”, “They account for more than 75% of the roughly half a million VA patients receiving treatment for PTSD,” (Zarembo). Many veterans still continue to wait for their treatments, creating issues in their home life and even causing them to commit suicide. The 25% of the patients who are not treated suffer, this is where the government should come to play to help those people by providing more care and supporting the costs. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder should be better treated and better supported by the government to veterans because of the amount of soldiers waiting for treatment, lack of effectiveness in treatment,
There was a massive migration of millions of people from different ethnic background into the American armed forces and defense industries (Tindall, George Brown., and David E. Shi, 2013). This migration includes Africans, Mexicans, and Indians to all fight in the war. At this time, though, African American were not allowed to donate blood while serving in the armed forces due to racial tension. The war also served as a pivotal moment for women in this era, where women were now allowed to took jobs for the first time. Statistically, over 6 million women had joined, this including married women (Tindall, George Brown., and David E. Shi, 2013).