U. S. Statutes at Large (78th Cong., 2nd Sess., p. 284-301)

Use the following political cartoon and short quote from Dellie Hahne to answer the following questions

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Use the following political cartoon and short quote from Dellie Hahne to answer the following questions.

Rosie the Riveter, 1941-1945

The demands of the defense industry lured six million women into the work force after 1941, an increase from 24% of the labor force in 1941 to 36% in 1945. Another 216,000 women entered military service in noncombat duties in the WAACS (army), WAVES (navy) and SPARS (Coast Guard).

Visual (continued):

In the woman war worker’s pocket is an envelope which reads: “$ Her Own Man’s Size Pay Envelope”. The little man below wearing the housewife’s apron reminded her: “But remember you gotta come right back as soon as the war is over.” The woman replies, “Oh yeah?”

There was one good thing came out of it. I had friends whose mothers went to work in factories. For the first time in their lives, they worked outside the home. They realized that they were capable of doing something more than cook a meal....

But even here we were sold a bill of goods. They were hammering away that the woman who went to work did it temporarily to help her man, and when he came back, he took her job and she cheerfully leaped back to the home....

I think a lot of women said, S---w that noise. 'Cause they had a taste of freedom, they had a taste of making their own money, a taste of spending their own money, making their own decisions. I think the beginning of the women's movement had its seeds right there in World War Two....

Source: Dellie Hahne Recalls the War's Impact on Women's Attitudes, ca. 1945.

4. a) In what way were these primary sources indicative of a

cultural conflict between traditional and modern ideas?

b) What effect, if any, did women’s participation in the war

effort have on women and their roles in society since WWII?

5. What conclusion(s) can be drawn from this poster?

a) Many women left behind their traditional roles

in the home to work in war industries.

b) Women were needed if the U.S. was going to

win the war.

c) Women were scientifically proven to be as

physically strong as men.

d) both “a” and “b”

e) both “a” and “c”

6. This is is a photograph of a Japanense-American internment camp. Discuss how this concept relates to each of the following Essential Questions:

a) What is required to achieve victory in war?

b) Did America’s involvement in World War II move

the country closer to, or further from, its founding


7. According to the chart shown below, an economic

impact of the war was that it …

a) benefited the wealthiest members of society

the most.

b) caused the poorest members of society to

struggle even more.

c) resulted in greater economic inequality

between the social classes.

d) benefited the poorest members of society the


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