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w/o their husband, their role in the
armed and work forces. WAAC (women's auxiliary army corps)
~women recruits, more than 13,ooo women
applied on the first day 350,000 served in all branches
WAC remained separate until 1978 WAAC was considered "silly", but became a law on May 15th 1942. They worked as nurses, radio operators, drivers and nearly every duty not involving direct combat. July of 1943 the Army dropped the "auxiliary" status and garunteed WAC full U.S. army benefits. America didn't have enough people to support the war effort and industry ( or so they thought) By 1944 nearly 18 million workers were laboring in the war industry. More than 6 million workers were women. War industries feared that most women lacked stamina necessary for work BUT they learned taht women were good at operating welding torches and riveting guns and could hire enough of them. Women earned 60% as much as men Women at Home Women at home went to work at factories. They filled traditionally male jobs. 1/3 of the states adult female population was employed.
2/3 assisted by volunteering, red cross and office of civilian defense Their work and volunteering provided recreation to the men by canteens and selling war bonds.
Victory gardens were also planted due to the need of more food production. Wives and daughters were put in charge of family farms the husband/ dad was away in the war. Women in the work forces Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home. Luke Page