Explain the impact that WWII had on the domestic sphere.Explain the impact that WWII had on the domestic sphere.

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

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In every country, World War II had an impact. In Europe, it brought everyday life to a standstill, or at least a crawl. In America, there was still an impact, but not as much of one. In every country there was rationing and bomb scares. In Europe, there really was barely enough food to go arond and the bombs were real.
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Of course, World War II had a number of effects on the domestic sphere.  The most important of these were felt by women since so many of the men were off fighting.

During this war, women had to do deal with a number of new circumstances.  I will look at two of them.

First, they had to deal with circumstances that forced them to work in jobs that had previously been "male" jobs.  This put them in a novel situation in which they did things like wearing pants -- things that had been unthinkable before the war.

Second, they had to deal with rationing.  During the war, many household necessities were rationed and women had to make do without things that would have been common before the war.

Of course, the most important impact was the fact that they had to deal with worries about the possible fate of male family members who were in the fighting.

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