SUDDENLY WOMEN ARE IMPORTANT
By Anne Greene
Before World War II a woman served as a wife and mother. Occupations were reserved for men and some states barred married women from holding jobs. But the need for women power was so great during the war that both women and men had to change their perception of women’s roles.
For many women, WWII brought sacrifice, new jobs, new skills, and new opportunities. Women voluntarily mobilized to meet every challenge the US Government asked of them. With so many thousands of men serving aboard, dying and wounded, America grew drastically short of manpower.
Women stepped up to fill the male jobs. The government posted advertisements to encourage women to take on defense jobs. Posters asked women to enter the male professions.
Some types of jobs women held:
Government Girls. Girls migrated from every town and city in the US to Washington D.C. to work in federal government positions to participate behind the lines in the war effort.
Rosie the Riveter Girls. Girls signed up by the hundreds to take hard-to-handle male jobs as US factories expanded their facilities and retooled for war production. The government depended on women to accomplish those vital jobs. More than 310,000 women worked in the aircraft industry alone, representing 65 percent of the workforce. The munitions industry also heavily recruited women.
Based on a real-life munitions worker, the strong, bandanna-clad Rosie became one of the most successful recruitment tools in American history and the iconic image of working women during World War II. Movies, newspapers, posters, photographs, articles, a Saturday Evening Post cover and a Normal Rockwell painting of Rosie stressed the patriotic need for women to join the work force. Huge numbers did. Crucial to the war effort, their pay lagged far behind that of males doing the same work. Females rarely earned more than fifty percent of male wages. Yet, by 1945 one out of every four women worked.
Women in the Armed Forces WASPS, WAVES, WACS, WAFS, NURSES, and SPIES all joined the men in the armed forces. Some 350,000 women served in the US Armed Forces, both at home and abroad. You’ll learn how the heroic WASPS served by reading my exciting, historical romance, Angel With Steel Wings. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt urged women to use their talents to serve their country.
At first servicewomen took clerical jobs to free a man to fight. But as more and more men shipped overseas, women replaced them in every occupation except direct combat—in the motor pool, as radio operators and repairmen, gunnery instructors, mechanics, flight instructors, test pilots, and in the technical and scientific fields.
Some 350,000 women served in the US Armed Forces, both at home and abroad.
ON THE HOME FRONT. At home, in towns and cities across the land, women raised money for war bonds, collected blood, rolled bandages, helped with civil defense, tended Victory Gardens, hosted troops in their homes, recycled scarce materials, dealt with strict rationing, raised their children, and mourned their dead. Almost every home had a gold star in a front window.
American may well have lost World War II without its women, America’s Secret Weapon.
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ANNE GREENE delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. Her second novel, a Scottish historical, Masquerade Marriage, won the New England Reader Choice award, the Laurel Wreath Award, and the Heart of Excellence Award. The sequel Marriage By Arrangement releases in December, 2013. A Texas Christmas Mystery also won several awards. She makes her home in McKinney, Texas. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor. View Anne’s travel pictures and art work at http://www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com. Anne’s highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Buy Anne’s books at http://www.PelicanBookGroup.com. Or at http://www.Amazon.com.