The period of 1914-1941 was a hectic time in not only American, but world history. American foreign policy was influenced heavily by an isolationist sentiment, the causes for this can be traced to the causes and effects of WWI and the Great Depression, as well as complex economic investments that challenged the strength of the isolationist sentiment. During its time, WWI was the most destructive war the world had ever seen. Due to advances in weapon technology, such as trench warfare and the invention of the machine gun, the killing power both sides had was like nothing anyone had ever seen before. The effect of this immensely destructive war can be seen in the rise of the isolationist perspective.
At the start of the war the American woman’s life centered on the farm and family, they were mainly staying at home wives who would take care of the children and family at large. Although their roles varied in different regions they all shared some common denominators: they did not engage in any economic work, they could not join the army and were socially not allowed to hold jobs which were at the time considered to be only men could do. However, the war changed this and drastically so. As the war started, many men were sent off to war and this left a deficit in manpower in the industries and military which were essential in supporting the war. This lead to women taking up several non-combative roles such as telegraphers, mechanics, and drivers, they were even allowed to work in highly mechanized industries which were primarily manly.
Women are gaining more and more rights everyday which takes stress off some of the men. While the men were away fighting in the war, the women were left to take care of the small children. In order to do this they needed more rights. When they could, the children too young for paid jobs would make meals to send to the soldiers during the war. The children would also take part in youth groups to collect money or metal for the war.
At the end of World War I and World War II, after women had taken over male jobs while fighting, men returned but women wanted to keep the jobs they had obtained when the war had ended (Stoneham). Women of the wars had gained lots of independence, but when the 1950s came around women lost it and became more domestic. The women of the 1950s returned back to the idea of being required to work at home and that they had no place in society. But 1950s women were more than just a passive link between working women of the war and political activists in the 1960s, the 1950s gave women the drive and motivation to be as strong in society that they are today. (Holt).
After the War1 Women were expected to give way to men returning from the forces and return to pre-war ‘women’s work’.2 The assumption that ‘a woman’s place is in the home’ returned.3 The percentage of women at work returned to pre-war levels.4 More women than before worked in offices. 21. After the War5 Shorter skirts and hair became fashionable.6 Women went out with men without a chaperone.7 Women smoked and wore make-up in public for the first time.8 in 1919: being female or married was no longer allowed to disqualify someone from holding a job in the professions or civil
In the 1920’s women could rarely land a job Challenged male domination If women did get a job, they received lower paychecks than men Discrimination were everywhere Women had to demand for their own rights; did everything that they had to do The MAIN problem was suffrage; women had to fight for their votes While men had many choices for jobs, women were limited with their choices
For so long, women were thought to be unable to do the things that only men did, such as serving in the military. Women stayed home with their children, while men went to war. Things changed after First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt urged Congress to authorize women to serve in the military. After women were allowed to serve in the war, men who had performed clerical and office jobs during the war were able to move to the battlefield. It was a transforming moment for women, as women entered WWII as pilots, nurses or factory workers and altered the role of women, affording them more rights, and allowing them to express more freedom, redefining women as independent members of society.
Before World War I all started, the roles of women were housewives and did not have much rights in the society. The previous jobs of women included cleaning and caring for the house, taking care of the children, managing the yard, sewing clothes, and many more. They were often looked down on compared to men. Although “women were judged by their beauty rather than by their ability” (Kim, “Where Women Worked During World War I”), they helped contributed in society and had equivalent skills just like men. The war was the one opportunity that demonstrated the women’s abilities and what they were capable of.
Throughout the history women were treated badly and unevenly. Women were trying to gain their rights and being independent. However, their chance of gaining rights always been beaten down by the unequal treatment and gender discrimination. For example, women worked in factories with low wages and long hours. In spite of the unequal treatment, women became independent after WWI.
Due to this, women back home were expected to work the men’s hard labour. World War 1 tested gender roles and it changed the way women were looked at. Before war women, if married would stay home to cook, clean and look after the children. Cooking cleaning and waitressing were all considered service work that single women would have to attend to, and young women were expected to marry
Even if they were laid off at least they would soon realize that they are equal to men and protest against this.” (Coomber) Even though women were pushed aside once again to make room for the men coming back from the war, this was truly a positive event in history. After working and getting out of the house, women started to realize how unfair they were being treated. Thus, they slowly started to voice their complaints about this subject and slowly become a big deal to the point where the government could not ignore the protests.
The women of this movement were fighting for something they believed they deserve. Because of the Seneca Falls Convention and the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolution, women were able to express their own opinions. The women’s rights movement led to many different events, impacted other countries, and created a new amendment. The feminist efforts in the mid 1800s were successful enough to allow women to take on occupations and educations they weren’t able to obtain
Many woman had to gave up their husband, son or brother, because they had to fight for the country. The women had to take over the jobs that men would usually do while take care of the family. The government thought women were less in value then men, but because they took over the jobs that men would do the government changed their opinion that women can be good for sonmething. This was the first change in the position of women. Three quarter of the women in the United Kingdom were before the war housewife and a qaurter worked outside of the house.
A lot of things factored when WWI happened all across the globe, and United States had some interesting things happen on there main land. Interesting things such as women having the right to vote, Showing that Democracy is safe for the world, and the type of weapons used during WWI that we would use in todays wars. WWI played a big factor in the change of the United States that helped us get to were we are in our era. Women wanted to be involved in the wars by being able to vote during WWI. Over many years women fought for there right to vote through activist and organized parties so they can feel like they are part of the United States citizens.