Essay On Women In The Workplace

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In the years following the entrance of the U.S into World War II, over 19 million women entered the workplace. The entrance of women in the workplace caused large amounts of social conflict. Women were told their place was in home, and were criticized for their choice to start working. Women entered the workforce despite the heavy amounts of discrimination and changed the way women were seen. American women were willing to compromise their accepted housewife status and to face social conflict head on to serve their country during World War II.

At the beginning of World War II, a great majority of the working class men were drafted into the military, posing a great need for women in the workforce. The U.S entered WWII after the Japanese bombed
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Working women and mothers faced many challenges during this time. Many women had to balance the jobs of employee and mother. Eleanor Roosevelt tried to address this large issue by by urging her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to approve government funded childcare centers. 7 centers were built, and while they helped there was still a great need for more( American). Women faced many large challenges when they left the home. One of the greatest was the need for childcare. Many women did not have access to daycares, which made it difficult to work as they could not leave their children, especially of their children are young. The government tried to make childcare easily available, but their solutions only helped a small majority of the struggling women. Women were highly criticized for their choice to join the workforce. Society still felt that a woman’s place was in the home, even when they were seriously needed in the workplace. Society blamed working women for pretty much everything that went wrong, including high divorce rates and the rise in juvenile delinquency. Heavy amounts of discrimination came with the entrance of women into the workforce, but their entrance affected the future and helped further the rights of
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