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Which group made more progress as a result of World War Two: American women, or American black people?

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AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991

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Which group made more progress as a result of World War Two: American women, or American black people?

Women and black people both suffered before the war; jobs, rights and wages were all very different to white men who were definitely considered superior. But the question is, who progressed more in the time of World War Two? Regardless to say, both groups progressed, but by how much? Who really was better off after the war?

Before the war women didn't have much opportunity in the job market. Women were expected to be the perfect housewives as well as being thought of as weak and not clever enough to do "proper" jobs which the men were employed to do. There was much inequality between women and men and very stereotypical views of both sexes. Men were allowed to do as they wished and women were treated as possessions as opposed to people. Women cleaned, cooked and looked after the men because it was their supposed "duty" to do so. I think that women before the war were very much insignificant to America's economy.

Blacks before the war had little to no opportunity in the

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