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The Changing Role of Women: The Second World War.

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The Changing Role of Women: The Second World War 1. a) The aim of this poster is to persuade women to work in factories. The poster shows the woman at the forefront as big, strong and powerful to encourage women to enter employment to help with the war effort. The viewers of the poster, see the woman from below, focusing on a type of ascendance and that women can be very influential in the war. In the background there are factories producing typical symbols of war such as fighter planes and tanks, allowing the women to think that by working in factories they will play a crucial role in the war. b) I think that it is deceiving to the extent that if the women decided to enter into employment in factories, they would not necessarily be producing fighter planes and tanks, instead they could be working in munitions factories. Although some women did work in vehicle manufacture. ...read more.

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b) From the Figure 17.3 it may encourage women to volunteer as the woman depicted in the poster is seen as professional in her uniform and is part of the Women's Royal Naval Service, which is an impressive title for a woman who had little previous work experience. Figure 17.4 shows a glamorous young woman carrying hay as she might the weekly wash-load, in an idyllic rural scene. It also links work in the fields to everyday tasks the woman faces so they may think that the work will not be too strenuous. There is a beautiful lady in Figure 17.5 which makes the Auxiliary Territory Service more appealing as it promotes the idea that women with style and femininity join the ATS. 4. a) For some women, having to stay at home to be housewives and to play the traditional role was seen as boring and monotonous in pre-war life. During wartime little had changed despite women volunteering for work. ...read more.

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OH MY!", reinforcing the idea that the woman is supposed to care for the man. * A man is plugging in the washing machine, emphasizing the point that men should understand new technology, perhaps better than women . 6. The sources tell us that women had an important role to play in respect to working in factories and in the home front. They could not be ignored but instead had to be integrated into the war effort through freeing men from clerical, supportive jobs and enabling them to fight. Women were a part of Britain which could be used in factories and simple jobs such as collecting harvests as in the Land Army (Figure 17.4). Despite these changes to the daily lives of women during the war, prejudice against women was still present, especially in the armed forces where they were limited to non-combatant work. The Red Star Weekly cover printed on April 16th 1955 showed that even after the war, attitudes towards women had not changed significantly. They largely remained the same with women expected to be housewives and to return to normality, as with before the war took place. ...read more.

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