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Attitudes Towards Women In World War II

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COURSEWORK 1: ATTITUDES TOWARDS WOMEN IN WORLD WAR II MODULE: Britain and the Second World War 1. Source C is written by a Historian, this means that she will have had a long time to gather together her facts, and write using a variety of sources. This will give the source more depth, and it could also include information from more than one source. However, it is written by a woman, who is commenting on the history of women, so it could therefore be slightly bias. This woman could be writing to prove a point, or get recognition for women (i.e. for a feminist movement). On the other hand, source D was a speech made by the Deputy Prime minister of Britain in 1942. It is highly likely that this speech would have been used as a form of propaganda in Britain to keep the moral of women up during the war. They needed to do this to encourage the women to sign up to work in the factories, as the men were away fighting on the battlefields. It is evident in the tone of the source that the government were falsely praising the women to keep them happy. It was a very dull job, and they were trying to make the work they did sound positive, 'preformed with dead accuracy by girls..' It is evident that in source C the author is analysing the source, and giving her opinion. ...read more.


It also seems to be being used to make men more comfortable with their wife's going into service. It appears to be a form of propaganda; therefore, it is less reliable as a source of information. The first window in the cartoon strip shows a man sitting at the table with his wife eating a meal. In most situations this would not be the case, as men were usually sent away to fight. This does appear to make the advert less accurate. This source shows that men only thought women were useful for putting the meal on the table, or at least it was their duty to do so. The husband in the first caption states 'cold dinner again!' as if it was his wife's duty to provide him with a hot meal every night. The following caption quotes the wife saying 'oh dear, I'll have to resign from the post, I just can't get Jim a hot meal at night.' Here we see that the woman is hanging on by every word that the man tells her, as if he was superior to her. This very much depicts the attitude that men had to their wives at that time. The last box on the cartoon strip quotes the man saying 'I guess you've resigned your job?' here we find the man expecting the woman to drop everything that she does, so that she may be of service to him. ...read more.


This came as a shock to a lot of women. Source J is evidence of this, it shows a copy of an official government announcement to women stating: 'there must no longer be any doubt in anybody's mind that every available woman in Britain will have to serve to win this war.' It wasn't a decision they could make themselves any more, it was a duty to their country. Despite all of the new opportunities that had been given to women, after the war the men started coming back, and they took back their jobs too. 'The end o this war brought many unheard and undreamt changes.' All of the opportunities they had been given had been taken away from them, and it became clear to women that they had only been there to fill in the gaps when the men were away fighting. At first, the war seemed a great opportunity for women to get recognition, and they thought that they had eventually earned what they were fighting for. However they soon realised that they were just there to fill in the space of the men, and when the men got back, they were pushed out of the jobs. It did bring about changes for them at first, but only during the war. When the war was over, everything went back as it had originally been, however, it had made people realise that women were actually capable of doing the work that the men did, and it opened a lot of paths for the future. ...read more.

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