The outbreak of World War II and the United States involvement drastically changed the lives of millions of women all over the nation. With the onset of mechanized warfare, the industrialization of mass-produced goods and the benefits of assembly line production, workers were able to produce war munitions at an exponential rate. The social and cultural role of American women throughout the early 1940’s shifted tremendously, and without their answer of the call to action, the world may not be the way it is today. Their work ethics and determination is a major factor in the United States’ winning of the war, and in turn, World War II helped to provide them with the tools they needed to survive and started them on the path to compete equally within a man’s world.  The six million American women that joined the workforce during World War II were the Hidden Army of the Allies.

            The goal of this paper is to explore the ways in which women contributed to the war effort, their treatment during such time by their employers, the roles the government and various forms of propaganda played in women’s decisions to leave their housewife statuses and the shift in the public’s view of women in the workforce at the end of the war. There are a number of reliable primary sources I have found that I will be basing my research on, including a documentary that provides first-hand accounts from various women from different socioeconomic, ethnical and racial backgrounds. I have also found a few websites that will help to aid in my research, providing written detailed accounts of women’s lives in the workforce.

            In addition to the various primary sources, I have found a substantial number of secondary sources as well. The majority of the secondary sources I have uncovered are various books, all focusing on the primary roles of women throughout the war and the “Rosie the Riveter” status. A few of the books I have found provide wonderfully extensive bibliographies, which will aid in my research further.

 These women were truly amazing in the feats they accomplished and the tasks they performed. Their stories are empowering and provide inspiration for all women, proving that women are not just the weak, feeble nurturing beings that societies and cultures throughout time have tried to keep separate from men. With my finished document, the readers will have gained a better understanding of what life was like for a woman in the United States between 1941 and 1945.


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