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Women At War

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Women At War

  1. 1. Women at War 1939-1945
  2. 2. Women’s role before the war <ul><li>“ A woman’s place is in the home” </li></ul><ul><li>Domestic life: Child rearing </li></ul><ul><li>Men work & Women stay home </li></ul>                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  3. 3. War Begins <ul><li>Men enlist by the millions leaving jobs with no workers </li></ul><ul><li>Women are encouraged to go into the work force. </li></ul><ul><li>This causes a drastic change in gender roles in every nation. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Life on the Home Front <ul><li>Women take over traditional male roles </li></ul><ul><li>They go to work in factories and farms by the thousands supporting the war effort </li></ul><ul><li>Rationing imposes hardships </li></ul>
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  10. 18. Women in Uniform Case Study: US Armed Services <ul><li>“free a man for the front line” </li></ul><ul><li>Worked mostly clerical, support roles including mechanics, cooks, & secretaries </li></ul>
  11. 19. Women’s Army Corp <ul><li>100,000 Joined </li></ul>
  12. 23. WAVES <ul><li>11,000 Joined </li></ul>
  13. 26. Army and Navy Nurses <ul><li>68,000 Women served to nurse wounded soldiers </li></ul>
  14. 28. Russia: Women were Front Line Soldiers <ul><li>First country in the world to allow women in front line combat. </li></ul><ul><li>Soviets made no distinctions between men and women </li></ul><ul><li>Women made excellent snipers </li></ul>
  15. 30. Secret Agents, Saboteurs, & Partisans <ul><li>Due to the Sexist ideas of the age women were able to effectively fight a covert war against the enemy </li></ul>
  16. 31. Reporters and Photographers <ul><li>News coverage encouraged many women to get jobs as correspondents. </li></ul>
  17. 33. After the War <ul><li>The new found freedom for women both in the US and elsewhere was taken away as men returned. </li></ul><ul><li>Governments encouraged women to “return to the home and family” </li></ul>                                                                                                      
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