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Women at work in World War 2.

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Women at work in World War 2 Women in world war two carried out various types of work. These ranged from being fire wardens and working in munitions factories up and down the country, to conducting trains. Women found it difficult to obtain work as they faced some major obstacles. Thousands wanted to work but they faced low wages, insufficient day nurseries and inadequate transport amongst others. To combat this, state-run nurseries were set up, job sharing between women was introduced and they were given better conditions of work in the factories, to encourage them to take up the many jobs the men had left behind. Source F suggests that the women's role in the war be much the same as that before the war. They were expected to still take care of the home and provide a meal when their husbands returned from work. However, they were expected by many to provide a service to their country to the best of their ability and still do the same jobs they had before the war. Attitude in society had not changed towards women. They had to prove they could do what the men were capable of. ...read more.

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This is because it is by a national newspaper, which reports on topics of interest to the whole country. The paper would normally have a fairly impartial view as they were not working for the government. In this case though, censorship would most certainly have been in place to prevent the newspapers from reporting stories which would harm the government or that they felt could create chaos. The newspaper in question feels that the contribution that the women have made is 'magnificent' and that they are the significant people in the war effort by doing jobs not expected of them and the way they applied themselves. Source D is not particularly reliable, even if true. It is a quote from the deputy Prime Minister which would mean it cannot be taken at face value. Clement Atlee would have made the statement to reassure the country and the women that they were doing a fine job. He would not be expected to say anything other than this due to his position. The source would certainly be looked upon as biased due to its origin. Both of the sources have a similar point. They both praise the women highly for their contribution and efforts and claim that they are working far harder and doing more skilled jobs than expected of them. ...read more.

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I just can't get Jim a hot meal at night". This was something all working women could relate to at the time, as it would have been familiar to them. Some all the female workers described what happened as more men returned from the forces after the war: "As the job slowed down, we were told that our services were no longer needed..." The jobs were for men who had finished their duties as the war had ended. The women had to leave for them as they were still not expected to hold down jobs, as society's opinion had not changed. If the war effort of the women had been truly valued, then they would have been able to keep the jobs they had occupied for years, or at the very least be able to apply for them along with the men. The war effort had been valued during the difficult times perhaps to prevent the women feeling that they were not being treated well enough. From reading the sources though, it would appear that the women had almost expected it to happen and just had to accept it. I do not feel that women and their contribution to the war effort was truly valued as their position in society had not changed along with attitudes towards them when the war ended and the country returned to normal. ...read more.

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