Before WWI, women were restricted to traditionally feminine jobs. Their work was considered inferior and they were paid less than men. However, once WWI began, women were able to integrate themselves into a variety of different workforces. Since most men were off to serve in the military and navy, women that stayed behind replaced their positions in factories and other industries. Other women worked closely with the military as nurses or even soldiers.
Women had to work in factories and even make equipment for the war. After the war “there was a worry that employers would continue to employ women in these jobs even when the men returned from the war. This did not happen; either the women were sacked to make way for the returning soldiers or women remained working alongside men but at lower wage rates” (“Striking Women”). Some women refused to accept these lower wages and went on strike. As a result of these strikes the War Cabinet established a committee.
They made uniforms, weapons, ammunition, they built trucks and tanks too. Women also stepped into agricultural jobs; ploughing and harvesting (Prezi, 2014). Some women worked overseas, they worked on observation posts, anti-aircraft gunners, drivers, mechanics and radio operators (Ergo, 2014). In WW2 nursing was dangerous, many nurses were stationed in Singapore, which was a base for the Allied forces in the Pacific (Ergo, 2014). In 1942, 65 nurses were evacuated aboard the ship “Vyner Brooke”.
World War II affected not only soldiers but also the commoners. The war increased women’s work, caused children to evacuate, and affected British soldiers’ families. Firstly, women in Britain took over jobs that men had before they joined the army. When the men joined the British Army, women stayed at home and were confronted with many obstacles. They had to work in factories.
The years of the war was tiring and strenuous not only for the soldiers at war, but also for the women who were toughing it out on the home front. After clocking in long hours at the factory building machines and vehicles needed for the war, they still had to perform their household duties. But, many were happy and willing to do so, as working outside of their homes and helming jobs that they never did before was how women showed their patriotism for their country. Women had to maintain the industrial as well as the agricultural sectors in order to ensure that the American society could continue to function, and to help the allies in the war (“Brock, J., Dickey, J. W., Harker, R., & Lewis, C”, 2015). New opportunities were also made available for women in white-collar sectors.
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.
However, sometimes women do more work than men, but men do not let women to take high position jobs. For instance, Shirin Salih, who was a leader, they fired her from her job. That is why when women leave their jobs, they never want to do something else for
Older times were not always the best and most people back then had it harder than those today. “To fill the gap left by a generation of fighting men, more than a million women took the chance to join the workforce…,” according to Kate Adie. Before the 1900s, women tended to household chores and stayed home to watch the children rather than being in the workforce because those jobs were for men only; however, they were fighting for equality and wanted to join the workforce. Once World War One began women were the only ones around to be in the workforce because all the men were off fighting in the war. Women in the 1960’s fought hard to get their rights in the workforce and were successful at doing so.
Women are also stereotyped as stay at home mothers. There is an invisible restriction put on women by men that they can’t be a mother and have a full time job at the same time. Neil French, the WPP Group PLC executive stated women “Don’t make it to the top because they don’t deserve to” and that “women are rarities in the senior corporate positions because most are unwilling to make the personal sacrifices of time and energy required to be the boss” (Maich). The words spoken by this successful male go to show the inequality faced by women every day. Women have an even harder job balancing household obligations and a job.
Some believe that they do not deserve equal pay because eventually, most women have children and will have to take time off. The employers sometimes think that women do not work hard enough.In fact, 58% of women with children under the age of one work either full or part-time jobs. Some employers also believe that women are not as smart or that they are the second source of income for a household. There are many misconceptions about women and their ability in the workplace. Many of these thoughts stem from long-lived stereotypes and how women were treated in the past.
This combined with high death rates, starvation, communist ideals started the overthrow of Russia and the end of the war. When the war drew to a close in 1918, relief was felt on both the Allies and Entente side. Troops that were sent home with all limbs basically got their picks of the ladies, but even though they might have been physically well no one escaped the trenches with their mental health intact. When they arrived home they came to a different dynamic because women were now in a position of power and the overall feeling was that no one wanted to be in a war again. This was not realistic because with the 14 points by Wilson, Germany was left in shambles that paved
While at Morehead city, Von Olnhausen oversaw managing the laundry. Laundry was not an easy job back in the Civil War era and once she got so frustrated with one of the laundresses that she slapped her. On February 25, Von olnhausen finally had enough wounded soldiers to keep her busy. She even cared for a confederate soldier; something she never wanted to do. When
While American men did fight in the war, others played an important and crucial part in the war. These people were women, African Americans, and Europeans. Often women held low positions in society and wasn’t accepted in the army, but that didn’t stop them. “With their husbands away fighting, some women had to take over as weavers, carpenters, blacksmiths, or shipbuilders” (Doc. 2).
This topic is very important because there was a big change in women’s rights and responsibilities during World War 2. Women’s responsibilities increased especially at work and war. Women, even today are discriminated because of their gender, so there is still no equality between both genders which should stop. Many women worked in the work force. According to an article, “For the first time, women