Think back to before World War II, what was woman’s life like? What were the opportunities in the work force? Most women were wives and mothers, staying at home, taking care of their husbands and children. World War II changed a woman’s role in society. This war is often called a women’s war, meaning this war opened up new opportunities outside the home. The war also provided mobility for different races to move up socially. Women became more independent, moving beyond their role as wives and mothers. Women of racial minorities made strides towards acceptance in society: proving themselves real “Americans.” They did this by managing the household budget (wartime restrictions), working outside the home in women’s land army and factories, and joining the newly formed branches of military for women.
Explore the different roles that women played in World War II. Click here to follow the women’s path to independence and racial acceptance.