United States Women during World War 2 Women are part of our history, they made us who we are. The women in World War 2 where a huge part of our history. When or fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons went off to the war. There was a symbol that every woman believed to help the world. Her name was Rosie the riveter (Rosie).
As more men began to enlist, women stepped in to take their place. Due to their vital roles in the workplace, they were able to gain more independence. In order for Robert Borden, former prime minister of Canada, to pass conscription, the 1917 Military Service Act was passed. Mothers, wives, and daughters of soldiers had the right to vote. Not only did their rights change, but their fashion as well.
Between 1914 and 1918 the world was massively shaken by what came to be known as the World War 1. This period of time brought a huge amount of changes during and after the war. Not only men were involved, but also women played an important role in it. Possibly the best known effect on women of WW1 was the opening up of a massive range of new jobs for them. As men left their old work to fill the need for soldiers women were able and certainly needed, to take place in the work force.
World War 1 had a huge impact on women´s lives, it was the spark that lead women have their rights and make a change in society’s perceptions towards women. The reason of this is because during World War 1 men had to go to the war and quit their jobs, this gave women the opportunity to take men’s jobs. More than a million women were able to join the workforce between 1914 and 1918, and they perform many different jobs. Some examples were: postal workers, police patrols, they learned how to produce parts of war machines, they had jobs in the area of engineering and chemical industries, and they were even soldiers. Some of this jobs were also dangerous.
A Comparison of A Doll’s House and The Woman Warrior There are numerous works that have inspired women to change the world around them as they knew it. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston have both impacted women’s perspectives all over the world. The challenges that female protagonists took throughout both piece is immaculate, and their changes are significant to their plots. The struggle for the equality of women amongst men is depicted with details in both works. Because of the books’ powerful female characters, calls for revolution of women were widespread and on the rise.
During Progressive Era, there were many reforms that occurred, such as Child Labor Reform or Pure Food and Drug Act. Women Suffrage Movement was the last remarkable reform. This movement was fighting about the right of women to vote, which was basically about women’s right movement. Many great leaders – Elizabeth Cad Stanton and Susan B. Anthony - formed the National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Although those influential leaders faced hardship during this movement, they never gave up and kept trying their best.
Since the war in Iraq, and Afghanistan, more women were registered in being involved in combat situations, as well. But, with increased percentages of women being deployed in the US military, more cases of violence, sexual assault, and harassment against females have increased
Women have always played an important role in the history of the United States. Throughout different time periods, their roles in society and in government have changed in many ways. Whether women were helping the war manufacturing effort, striving for suffrage, helping soldiers during the war, or just raising their children; their roles have been influential to the social structure of the United States today. Their desire for equal rights, their willingness to help American soldiers, and the absence of men in the workplace are responsible for the changing role of women. The first factor that caused the changing role of women in history was their desire for equal rights.
Women went through a lot before they were granted the right to vote in Britain. They were brave and persistent. Some of the cause women got the vote include; Role of women in Victorian Britain, the organisation that helped- Suffragists and Suffragettes and one of the big events which bought the two sexes together- The First World War. After causing commotions and displaying militant acts they were given the right to vote and there was consequence after that like; Political consequences, such as women’s role in the parliament and the job industry , Economic Consequences, such as new job opportunities, pay and personal freedom of finacial use and Social Consequences, such as marital equality and child custody.
This time period known as women’s suffrage was one of the most controversial women’s rights issue in the late 1900s and 20th century. After women obtained the right to vote in the 1920s they started taking more active roles in the work industry. World war i and ii helped encourage them by entering the workforce, and they began by taking jobs in factories and more places to support the war. This was to show men that women were also capable of doing the exact same work as they did. As the war was coming to an end women came to a conclusion that when men would return from war women would leave the workforce.
Minnie had finally achieved what she had spent so much time fighting for but this accomplishment was great and it was a milestone for women in the state of teas but it wasn’t enough for Minnie she set her sights out for something bigger and better which was an amendment that would grant women throughout America the right to vote. In order to achieve this Minnie made arrangements with United States Senator from Texas Morris Sheppard in 1917 for a conference in his Washington, D.C. office for women to state their perspectives on the proposed suffrage amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Minnie and NAWSA lobbyist Maud Wood Park, who would become the first president of the League of Women Voters, initiated a campaign for constituents to flood the offices of their representatives with telegrams in favor of passage. The United States House of Representatives passed the first version of the Nineteenth Amendment on January 10, 1918, but it failed in the United States Senate. This failure did not stop Minnie nor her supporters in fact it inspired them more.
The Civil War opened up the field of nursing to women, breaking down yet another barrier of the strict gender roles placed on women during the nineteenth century. Women from both the North and the South joined the Civil War as both nurses and “matrons”. The comparison of the way Faust presents Northern and Southern women in the book Mothers of Inventions, lends insight on the similarities and differences between Union and Confederate nurses. According to Faust, Florence Nightingale influenced both Northern and Southern women decision to join nursing during the Civil War (pg 92). Florence Nightingale led a team of nurses, which improved the unsanitary conditions at a British military hospital, during the Crimean War.
The article addresses the changes of gender roles during World War One. Women support the war in different occupations at that time, such as drivers and factory workers; more job opportunities are open for women since the abled men were at war. That indicates a huge change in the patriarchal society. This can be related to some characters in the novel. Sally Seton is a rebellious and free-spirit woman, that is shown, “how they were to reform the world” (Woolf 33); she always tries to seek changes, specifically the changes of gender roles in the society.
Being a young woman in America, I consider one of the greatest moments in time to be the years from early 1800s to 1920. This was a period in time where women fought not to just be in this world but to play a major part in its existence. However, to do this, they needed such things as the right to vote, own property, serve a jury, and even speak in public. This moment in time is recorded in our history books as the Women’s Suffrage Movement in America. This paper will take a look into some of the hurdles they had to leap at and important people who made major milestones along the way.