Can somebody describe the new opportunities open to women, Mexican Americans, and African Americans during World War I?Can somebody describe the new opportunities open to women, Mexican Americans,...

Can somebody describe the new opportunities open to women, Mexican Americans, and African Americans during World War I?

Can somebody describe the new opportunities open to women, Mexican Americans, and African Americans during World War I?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There were more opportunities open to women overall in the World War I years. Women were able to work the jobs that the men fighting could not. With so many fighting, and working for the war effort on the home front, there were more opportunities for equality.
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In the past, times of war have brought about a great deal of opportunities for minorities. World War I was the first time women were allowed to join the armed forces. Many women enlisted in the navy, the coast guard and even the Marines. Ever since the civil war, black Americans have played an significant role in the armed forces. Because the military was still segregated, most positions filled by Blacks were support positions like cooks and mess men. Still, a very small percentage were sent into combat and fought alongside French troops. African-American troops can also be credited with introducing the Jazz sound to the French.  

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