Women's Suffrage At Home

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roles of women as taking care of the home. Many times, the argument for women’s suffrage was turned tables on immigration and African American women also gathered forces of their own in fighting for their suffrage as well. This movement for women’s suffrage was not only the United States but was in other countries as well including Norway and Australia (Hewitt and Lawson 2013, 620-623). The Women’s Christian Temperance Union was established in 1874 in hopes to push the prohibition campaign that was going through the country during this time. Other forms of lewd acts were being seen across the country with prostitution. Conservative reformers also wanted to ban prostitution. They use several methods to help their cause stating it immoral and…show more content…
The labor force was mostly made up of women during this time, for they held positions in government offices, as well as, military positions, nurses, clerical workers, and telephone operators. Many women were able to hold positions that were thought to be “male” careers and they included assembling airplane parts, operating drill presses, delivering ice, driving streetcars, welding parts, and oiling railroad engines. Even though women held these job positions their income was still kept below what the men would make performing these jobs. The federal government clearly needed women during this time because propaganda was being released to prompt women to join the cause. There was also the farm labor that needed to be tended to as well, and women filled these positions with filling nearly 20,000 positions throughout the country. One negative aspect about the end of the war was that most of these women who held these positions were relieved of their duties as the men returned, but women were truly able to show their work ability, skill, and strength in them while the men were fighting overseas (Hewitt and Lawson 2013,…show more content…
World War II is very similar to World War II with women joining the industrial workforce with over fifty percent. Women also joined the Women’s Army Corps and WAVES or Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service, but women were not allowed in combat. Many of these women that joined these two organizations performed many duties including clerical, nursing, and transportation duties with 240,000 women in their ranks. Women who took the jobs at home including the industrial jobs, textile jobs, defense jobs, and other jobs their income did go up as they moved to more important positions. Propaganda was used again to persuade women to join the war effort and help supply the men overseas. Even though there was an increase in employment for women, younger women who had small children were left with very little options for employment opportunities. An American social and cultural figure was created during this time called, Rosie the Riveter, she was created to recruit women into these “male” jobs or industrial jobs during the war. As the war ended, so did the flood of women’s employment in these industrialized jobs. Women
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