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Women During World War Two

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Women During World War Two During World War II, women all over Britain contributed significantly towards the war effort by taking over the jobs that the men who were fighting had, and more importantly, by keeping order in the household. Question 1. British women played a very important part in the war effort by the contributions they made in their homes, which were acknowledged and greatly appreciated. Women in Britain had to take on the role of both mother and father during the war, as the man of the house would be fighting for his country. A woman would have to come home and look after the children, and was solely responsible for their safety. She had to do all of the washing, cleaning and mending around the house, as well as provide a nutritious and filling meal for the children, so she had to be sensible and responsible with the rationings, putting her family before herself. Women also started gardening as well, this was greatly encouraged by the government and the media, because if a woman would cook and eat home-grown vegetables, it would help a lot with rationing elsewhere, and the children would have more to eat. ...read more.


Although women had the right to vote since 1918, women's rights and opinions were not as valued as those of men's. The average woman was at home; a woman was expected to cook, clean, look after the children and tend to her husband/father's need and wants, and was not expected to earn her living outside of home, or make any male friends, let alone having an affair. Women's lives were changed massively for the best. The work they did and the freedom they achieved in World War II sparked off the start of a domino effect, which led to them getting more and more rights and liberties, and ultimately to reach the social equivalent of being a man. Question 3. Women's contribution towards the war effort has often been seen as less important than those of the men's. This is mainly because, not many people know the kinds of jobs and responsibilities women were confronted with during the war; people have seen men fighting and dying in battle, which naturally seems more significant. People also think that the women's contribution to the war effort was less important than the men's because all throughout history women have been seen as the weaker sex. ...read more.


But the biggest, most significant breakthrough to benefit women everywhere was in 1960, when the contraceptive pill was invented in America. This was huge, one of the most important things that helped women change how they were seen in society and achieve total independence. This amazing new drug meant that women could have sex and not get pregnant at all, as it works by making the woman's body already believe she's pregnant. Furthermore, unlike condoms women were in control, and responsible for their own acts - so consequently they didn't have to rely on a man to be responsible for not getting her pregnant. This gave women the biggest boost on the road to independence. Eventually, these events along with others encouraged more and more women to break free and become independent. In time women started to fight for equal in different, more modern ways: in parliament; in the media; in the public, etc. Some women became famous throughout the world for the amazing and courageous acts and battles they fought against prejudice and stereotypes. Many women both in the past and present like Sally Gunnel, Margarate Thatcher, Diana Spencer and even the Spice Girls made a huge difference by breaking stereotypes and traditional views of women and fighting in their own unique ways for sexual equality. II ...read more.

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