A Womens Change

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For women, wartime was considered "the best years of their lives" by some people and historians. Not only did women come to the country's aid in time of need, they also started the concept of women having a job. The idea of women at work during World War II was not utterly new. In the previous years of World War I, women were nursing sisters and volunteers. If a woman had a job it would usually be as a teacher, sales clerk or a secretary, but it never would require hard labor. As World War II came around however, the situation changed. As the men went to war, women would now take over the men's jobs.

One of the most famous ads that tried to persuade women to take the place of the men was of an imaginary character named Rosie the Riveter. Rosie was portrayed very well and had rosy cheeks, a sign of a true lady.

This advertisement not only made working look attractive, but patriotic as well. When women realized that they could work and still be feminine, they started looking for jobs. Some people had a problem with women working in the area of a man's job. Industry was hesitant to hire women because they thought the only reason women wanted a job was to earn a little spending money. They were wrong because women were tired of their old jobs that were dull and have a job that is exciting and something new to learn. The money factor also helped, butwomen wanted to prove that they could do the same job as a man. Women now did jobs that traditionally were not theirs. They worked on production lines, in steal mills, on the docks, and in other jobs that required heavy laboring. Over 6 million...