How did World War II affect the lives of American women?

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This is an great question and so many things can be stated. So, I will only list a few. First, perhaps most importantly many American women were left without husbands. This loss affected women greatly - family income abilities, single parents (at times), emotional pains, and the like. Second, during...

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This is an great question and so many things can be stated. So, I will only list a few. First, perhaps most importantly many American women were left without husbands. This loss affected women greatly - family income abilities, single parents (at times), emotional pains, and the like. Second, during the war, the women were empowered to help the war effort by conserving at home and even working in  factories to produce more military equipment. Third, taste for work, coupled with the lack of men in America created a women work force after the war. This eventually lead women to seek better jobs with more benefits. From this perspective, gender roles were changing and have changed over time.

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