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.
Culturally, women were considered house wives, and were not expected to work. Since men had to go to war, this allowed women to work, and shifted the whole U.S. culturally because they were able to work. The economy was growing in the U.S. and the country also had become an economic super power because of industrialization of commerce. Politically, the U.S. refused to get involved any part of the war, and kept this type of isolation attitude which was good. To conclude, one of the “great wars” might have been deadly and we lost so many American soldiers.
They didn’t want old, they wanted the “new generation” The Lost Generation not only changed the soldiers lives, it also changed the people outside of the war. The war changed women in many ways where women had to maintain their domestic role and help the war. Women in WW1 have also lost more than most. Their sons, their husbands, brothers, lovers, and friends to fight a war that really bought or gave grief and worry to their table. This brought women together
At that time, they took on roles such as nurses, seamstresses, and cooks. Some women worked as spies while others disguised themselves as men in order to serve in the fight. Over the years, women contributed as well as adapted to the many changes that took place in America and remained willing to take on new roles that helped make this country what it is today. Women began to serve officially in the military when the Army established a permanent Nurse Corps in 1901 (Women In Combat: Framing the Issues). While the Nursing Corps was recognized as an official unit, it was not regarded with the same status because women were given no military rank and did not receive the same benefits as men.
Throughout history, women were always treated unfairly and were only allowed to have a career as a housewife. Since then, women have tried to make a difference in society to show that they are equal as men. This started when women were given the right to vote with the nineteenth amendment in the Bill of Rights. This was the first step to changing how society would view women in the future. They have also shown this through World War II by taking their husband jobs as their husband went to war.
Women’s movement was a movement that changed the whole world. It opened up people’s eyes and the views on how women should be treated. During this decade, women took part in the antislavery movement discovering that they faced oppression closer to home. They felt that they are not made to stay at home and take care of children, but to go out in the world and do the things that the men could do. Therefore, as time went on women started to take part in different things like applying for jobs, and getting their education.
In the 19th century, the hardships for women increased drastically. During the progressive era, females finally wanted a different life style. Woman sought changes in the home, mostly when alcohol became legal. The hardships women faced will never be understood in today 's society. Alcohol may have been a friendly companion for men after coming home from a long day at work, but little did people know, innocent women were being abused .
In the 1960’s, the Women’s Liberation Movement became popular. Many women felt isolated from the world as they were stuck in their homes doing jobs that do not reach their potential; such as cooking, cleaning and looking after children. As a result, many women fought for feminism (a belief that women should have equality with men) meaning improved rights, better job opportunities and more involvement in politics. This was a significant event as women no longer wanted to stay in the suburbs but wanted to adventure out into the business world. Seeking better high waging jobs such as engineers, doctors, politicians, teacher, etc.
In America, women have played a crucial part in the construction of our military since the Revolutionary War. Though, they were not formally allowed into the military until the mid twentieth century. Due to the stereotypical view of women being housewives that have built up centuries earlier, women are viewed as too weak or fragile for the military. The rights for women in the military has been debated on for decades and although there have been improvements in that time, there is still more refinements to be made to make the army a gender equal system. To thoroughly describe the struggles of being a woman in the military, their history will be depict.
After the war ended, women were no longer needed in the workforce and were expected to return to pre-war beliefs and focus on marriage, housekeeping and child rearing. The image of the happy housewife became the image that many women strived to achieve and was on the more frequent depictions of women in television, magazines and advertisements. Television played a vital role in the postwar era in reflecting the changes in society as well as influencing the future. Women began to look at the lives of their mothers and saw the unhappiness and decided that was not the life that they wanted to live. Though with the stereotype of the spinster and old maid, many were still afraid to remain single.