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As America moved into World War II our country not only went to war overseas, but the homeland fell into a radical change.Our men were fighting to keep the freedom that America enjoyed, but their widespread enlistment and departure left gaping holes in the industrial workforce as well as society.
We went from dad going to work while mom stayed home with the kids, to dad is gone and mom has to pick up both rolls of parents. The large male enlistment also created another problem outside of the home as well because there weren't enough men left to fill all the jobs that these enlisted soldiers left. And with the America knee deep in the war, industry expanded by leaps and bounds. Besides the jobs that fell vacant because men leaving for the war, the United States government now needed weapons, ships, and planes to fight the war.
So what's a country to do when there just are not enough men left to do what needs to be done? In stepped America's secret weapon--the women who volunteered and made it all possible.Women were needed like never before to fill the jobs that were traditionally held by the male population. The government used advertisements to encourage these women who were accustomed to being housewives and stay-at-home moms to take on these new rolls and jobs.
The percentage of females in the United States workforce went up nearly ten percent between 1940 and 1945. By 1945 it is said that nearly one fourth of the married women worked outside the home.
United States factories retooled for war productions (defense plants). Plants were changed to make war ships, war planes, guns, and other needed supplies. In this growing and expanding industry the women played an important part of the work force by filling jobs.
The women not only filled the gaping holes in jobs, but they also volunteered in their community. They collected blood, raised money for war bonds, planted Victory Gardens, rolled bandages, among many other things.
Besides their husbands being gone to war, their home life changed in that rationing and shortages of domestic resources made their shopping habits more trying. When we think of rationing and shortages we usually think of sugar and coffee, but rationing went much further than that and shortages went as far as propaganda campaigns asking people to walk and save on the rubber of their tires.
Women of America played many rolls during World War II. Another important roll they played was to contribute to the morale of the war effort. The women who wrote letters to their soldier husbands we consistently upbeat.
Sadly, at the end of the war when many of these working women were surveyed they wanted to continue working and keep their jobs. However, many of them would lose their jobs due to the downsizing of military war materials and men returning home to their jobs.
I'm giving away a copy of A Cup of Christmas Cheer Tales of Christmas Past. Answer the question: What do you think? Should the women who filled those jobs lose them so the men who fought in the war can get their jobs back?
I'm excited that my story, "The Letter," is included in this year's A Cup of Christmas Cheer in the Tales of Christmas Past.
Debbie Lynne Costello is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She attended Heritage University, where she studied Journalism and worked in the editing department.
She has a short story coming out in Guideposts 2014, Christmas Cup of Cheer on October 20th. She has completed five full length novels set in Charleston and Savannah areas in the late 19th century along with one Medieval, and is now seeking homes for them.
She and her husband have four children and two grandbabies. They live in upstate South Carolina with their family. Debbie Lynne has been raising Shetland Sheepdogs for 18 years and her and her husband enjoy their Arabian horses.