The home front during the Civil War was an active environment dedicated to supporting the military war effort. Many things took place on these home fronts, Everyone had to do their part to support the brave troops fighting in the war. For example, the role of women increased as volunteers began to desert their businesses to serve in the war. Women began to run shops and businesses while the men were away, which helped them thrive in the midst of chaos. Because these factories were run by these women, more food, supplies, and clothing were able to be made for soldiers.
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.
While women were already significant part of the workforce, and no strangers to factories, there were limited professions they were allowed to execute. Nevertheless, the range to which these new opportunities survived the war is discussed, and it’s now generally
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.
Women were “not allowed to join the military at the time”, but still “disguised themselves as men by cutting their hair, binding their breasts with bandages and adopting masculine names” (Brooks 2013, para. 22). The creation of their own role in a patriarchal domain
In the book written by (Gavin, 1997) it was cited that “As women took over from their absent men in hundreds of new and challenging occupations, many of which had previously been considered inappropriate”. From the beginning of the World War 1, the German women were participating a great deal. They contributed to half a million-people working on the munitions manufacturing alone (Gavin, 1997). It also mentioned in the book that over in the U.S, the men in charge refused to let the women participate up until April 1917 (Gavin, 1997). The U.S government never formally authorize the enrolment of women, despite Army officials repeatedly asking for such personnel’s.
However, some women had a different point of view. For some women when their husbands went off to work the felt like they needed to marry someone with a lot of money just like Daisy in The Great Gatsby. World War one had a huge effect on women and around the world. It changed their lives
In some cases, only one female soldier represent this minority in a squad of males, so sexual harassment and trauma issues appear. According to a study published in December 2007 in the American Journal of Public Health, sexual harassment and assault are the most significant problems in the military for women. According to Zuma Press, in the U.S. Army approximately 26,000 rapes and sexual assaults took place in 2012 and they have done by their colleagues (Zuma Press). Dr. Kimerling mentions that sexual harassment and trauma need to be taken into consideration as potential risk factors for women who serve in the military—and clinicians must be prepared to respond efficiently
American women have participated in defense of this nation in both war and peacetime. Their contributions, however, have gone largely unrecognized and unrewarded. While women in the United States Armed Forces share a history of discrimination based on gender, black women have faced both race and gender discrimination. Initially barred from official military status, black women persistently pursued their right to serve. At the outset of World War I, many trained black nurses enrolled in the American Red Cross hoping to gain entry into the Army or Navy Nurse Corps.
According to U.S. Department of labor, “If you have made buttonholes on a machine, you can spot-weld a plane bound for Berlin and take your place among the millions of American women on the labor front” . Women entered the labor force working on the line, and they would work eight hour shifts. These were new opportunities for women because they showed that they could do more than just cook and clean. Many individuals doubted that women could work as hard as men, women proved them wrong. They operated heavy machinery, just as a man would.
When the topic of the American revolution during the years 1765-1783 is discussed, the mind races through all the horrifying battles men fought, the declarations men made, the brave male soldiers they drafted, and the founding fathers who wrote the constitution. But what is rarely mentioned is all the behind the scenes work women were responsible for while men were off fighting in the military. The war disrupted their ordinary lives, and the everyday roles men were employed in needed to be filled. Women throughout the United States assumed untraditional roles to so that life would continue, now being involved in politics, factories, businesses, commanding the household, and helping during battle.
Slacks and Calluses Slacks and Calluses by Constance Bowman Reid entails the coming of social rights for women in the United States. The coming of World War I brought some changes to social classes in the United States, but it was World War II that would define women’s rights for years to come. Two women, Clara Marie Allen and Constance Bowman Reid, decide to engage in patriotism doing their part with their summer off from being a school teacher. They take a job at a bomber factory working the swing, or night shift. Once entering the work force, Reid and Allen find out what it is really like to be a woman in an unaccepting workplace filled with men.