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Women During The Second World War.

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Anna Galloway Women During The Second World War Question 1 The thrust of source A, the message to women was that the war was being waged to protect all the things that they held dear. It makes the point that traditionally women were at the heart of the home and family. However in order to protect this ethos it is inferred that, every woman in the country must be prepared to make sacrifices in order to keep them. The source says "all those little things that are so important in every woman's life" which at that times implied home and family; the broadcast far from denigrating these values said "treasure them and cling to them" the broadcast went on to say that the war was being waged to protect these values, our freedom and future. The broadcast indicates that whilst the men of the country were at the front prosecuting the war in order to support them every woman must sacrifice their comfortable existence to have the home and take over jobs which had been vacated by the men at the front; the broadcast emphasised that "we are all in it together" and in order to succeed and protect all, that both men and women held dear they must be prepared to "fight for them" men by ...read more.

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The best was to distribute this information was in the form of easy to follow leaflets and to lesser extent the radio. In the war it would not have been surprising that ordinary housewives did not realise the contribution they were making to the war effort. They were simply at home while their men folk were at the front therefore leaflets said wise use of food released ships and men to fight Hitler encouraged them to do this. The government were ear of the importance moral at home, to the troops at the front fighting. In source D the leaflet depicts the housewife as a heroine worthy of medals for managing on scarce resources to rear healthy families and providing welcoming homes for their men folk when on leave. The poster almost makes the housewife a saint, putting up with all the tribulations of war without complaint or cheating i.e. not resorting to the black market. The government therefore produced thousands of leaflets to encourage economy, releasing men and ships; to encourage versatility e.g. replacing bread with potatoes and vegetables, so re-educating the British house wife and finally used leaflets to boost the housewife's self esteem. Question 4 Source F on the face of it would appear to be a happy, comic song which young women worked happily to. ...read more.

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the war was in the home I take the view that there was three elements the ar med forces actively fighting the war, which would not have been possible if they did not receive the equipment which was being produced by women at home; however if both groups had not been supported by, wives and mothers who managed the family resources and helped to rear happy healthy children. It was therefore not one section of the community, which was the most important, but that each section was independent upon each other to form the strong nation that fought and won the war. (2129 words) . I do not agree that women's most important contribution to the war was in the home I take the view that there was three elements the armed forces actively fighting the war, which would not have been possible if they did not receive the equipment which was being produced by women at home; however if both groups had not been supported by, wives and mothers who managed the family resources and helped to rear happy healthy children. It was therefore not one section of the community, which was the most important, but that each section was independent upon each other to form the strong nation that fought and won the war. (2129 words) ...read more.

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