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Why did women's rights lose ground at the end of World War 2?

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Why did women's rights lose ground at the end of World War 2? The War in Europe came to an end on the 8th of May 1945, after a prolonged 6 years. For most people, all they wanted to do was get back to normal life but for many people particularly women, peace demonstrated to be a challenge. During the war women had been involved in many things concerning the war effort, such as taking over men's jobs while they went away to fight in the war as well as running the household on their own which reinforced how independent women were at that time and thereafter. ...read more.


This may be seen as emotional blackmail, and people seemed to believe this due to the fact that scientific experiments were performed to prove Boulby's theories. Also as women were at home all day, they didn't need labour saving devices i.e. washing machines, Hoovers. Which part of women's lives in particular had improved by the end of 1950's? Although there were many attempts to limit women's ideas concerning their rights and roles in society after the war, it could not be stopped. Just at the end of the 1950's, women were coming through the education system and this did not have an effect until the 1960's. ...read more.


Also as grammar schools were middle class, you had to pay for things; the girl's uniforms were more expensive than the boy's uniforms and due to the whole expense some girls did not go to grammar schools. Family allowances were paid to help tackle the problem of poverty and this was paid directly to the woman, which gave women an independent source of income and reduced their dependence on men. The number of married women doing part time work rose after the war. However, this reinforced how women were only fit for part time work, reflecting their status at that time and that they were not taken seriously by society. Part time workers could be paid less and could be dismissed more easily and there were very low conditions and rights. Kome Emuh 11H ...read more.

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