How Did Womens Role Change After World War 2? (SOLVED)

As a proportion of all women working in the 15-64 age group, the percentage of women who are in the labour force grew from 45.9% to 51% between 1955 and 1965. Despite this increase in the rate of women’s employment, women were still considered to be ‘secondary workers’. Women’s wages were not considered central to families’ income, instead it’s having was thought that women’s wages were for ‘extras’ such as holidays or new consumer durables. After the Second World War, most nurseries funded by state funding were shut down. Mothers with young children also were discouraged from working. Welfare payments for families were based on the assumption that a man’s income supported his wife and children who were his dependants (the ‘family wage’) 😉 The benefit rates for married women were set at a lower level than those for married men 🙈
The federal government and industrial leaders attempted to reassure a skeptical public and limit the potentially radical gender changes that women’s work posed They are portrayed as patriotic, necessary, and women workers as an embodiment of femininity. “Rosie” might have taken on new roles riveting aeroplanes or producing munitions, countless posters, films, and newsreels, but she remained feminine with manicured nails, carefully applied lipstick, and styled hair. Moreover, despite her confident attitude and capabilities, she was only a temporary aberration, eager to give up her welding goggles and steel-toed boots for domestic bliss at the war’s end. A big thank you to Tae Coy, Tuxtla Gutierrez Mexico, for her amazing insights.
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Keosha Goodson says at, nearly 350,000 American women served in uniform, both at home and abroad, volunteering for the newly formed Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACs, later renamed the Women’s Army Corps), the Navy Women’s Reserve (WAVES), the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve, the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve (SPARS), the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS), the Army Nurses Corps, and the Navy Nurse Corps. General Eisenhower believed that the only way to win war was with the help of women in uniform. “The contribution of the women of America, whether on the farm or in the factory or in uniform, to D-Day was a sine qua non of the invasion effort.” (Ambrose, D-Day, 489) (last modified 60 days ago by Benard Morin from Valparaiso, Chile)
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Further material available also explains why in many ways, the story of women’s employment during WWI was repeated during WWII. Despite their success in wartime industries during WWI, similar stereotypes about women’s capacity and ability to engage in ‘men’s work’ were circulated by the employers and the government. Trade unions again expressed concerns about men’s pay being pushed down and sought assurances that women’s wartime work This would not be permanent. But, wartime economic needs won over all else. The government recruited single women between 20 and 30 years old to serve as an auxiliary in the Armed Forces or Civil Defence. Women were encouraged to join the war effort by propaganda leaflets. Last amended 25 days ago, by Deric Barkter of Hubli Dharwad (India)
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Based on a new article, marta Verginella, a historian at the University of Ljubljana, is studying how women were affected by these transitions in the North-Eastern Adriatic territory, which includes parts of today’s Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. This area, once part of the Austro–Hungarian empire, was subject to the collapse. World wars The Yugoslavian Wars in the 1990s and in the second half of the 20th Century. The region was marred by violent interethnic conflicts and intense violence. Each armed conflict resulted in major changes in political borders. ‘The gender perspective must be thoroughly considered when researching this region fuelled by ethnic/national antagonisms,’ says Verginella. Last modified by Maury Cagle, Dallas (USA) 53 days ago
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