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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

What new opportunites opened up for women during WW2?

what were some of the new opportunities opened up to women during the world war 2 era? Do you think the war had a long term impact on gender roles in american society? Discuss.

4 Answers

    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It started in world war one, getting women out of their houses to work in factories, on the land, doing jobs that had always been done by men so that the men could go and fight, in between the wars a lot of working stayed in the workplace, working class women had always had to work anyway, in shops, offices, factories, as nurses, teachers etc, so when the second world war started women were called up again to help,my mother worked six days a week in a factory making spitfires, and a woman friend of hers flew the finished planes to the airfield! there were branches of the armed forces set up for women,and they played a big part in working out codes that the germans had, this shortened the war. I am talking about britain here, but i should imagine that it was the same in america, women did their bit, without their efforts the war would not have been won.

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  • anon99
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    without the women in the Aircraft Factories building More Aircraft than we lost we even had women doing Ferrying service delivering Aircraft to the Depos for Overhaul and returning serviced and New aircraft back to Squadrons

    many went from being a Housewife to becoming a welder Rivetter shipbuilder

    They did many jobs that released men to fight on all fronts


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  • 2 months ago

    The labour provided by men sent out to the front had to be replaced by women. Short term it opened up a lot of occupations usually dominated by men at the time. You have examples like Rosie the riveter. Long term, it was really the gradual introduction of labour saving appliances that freed up women for the workforce.   

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor (before she became the Queen of England) became a diesel engine mechanic during WWII. 

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