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The American Women of World War II

The Armed Forces, WASPs, WAVES, WACs, Military Aircraft, factory workers, and WAACs.

brianna bethel

on 16 May 2013

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By Brianna bethel Women were a big part in the history of World War II. They served our country by stepping in for men who went off into the war to fight Germany, Italy, and Japan. These women did everything that was what men did for jobs from making tanks, boats, ships, and cars such as jeeps for the men fighting at war to defeat Adolf Hitler with the best equipment that they made. Since the men of America left to serve, the percentage of U.S. workforce increased from 27% to 37% in the years 1940 to 1945. In 1945 1 out of every 4 married women worked outside their homes. 310,000 women worked in the U.S. aircraft industry in 1943 representing 65% of the industry's total workforce. SO YO SUPPORT OUR MEN OR BE A MAN Soon women wanted to be more than just nurses for the war, so they joined other groups, which was created and incorparated by Eleanor Roosevelt, to help with bringing the Axis Powers down. About 350,000 women served in the U.S. Armed Forces. On May 1942, Congress instituted Women`s Auxiliary Army Corps which was later upgraded to Women`s Army Corps also known as WACs. Members of the WACs worked more than 200 non-combatant jobs on the out skirts of the states in every region where important military events occur or that are beginning to start. In 1945 more than 100,000 WACs and 6,000 female officers were signed up for the war. Navy members from the group"Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service"or the WAVES, had the same status as naval reservists and provided support stateside. The WASPs , "Women Airforce Service Pilots",
who had their pilot license prior to the service were the first women to fly American Military Aircraft. These ladies would ferry
planes from factories to bases, then they would transport cargo that would be used in simulation strafing and for target missions. Those missions were accumulating more than 60 million miles in flight distances that then freed 1,000 U.S. male pilots for active duty in World War II. All the fallen WASPS were granted no military honors or benefits. Not until 1977 did the WASPS receive full military status. On March 10, 2010 was when a ceremony was for the WASPS who received a Congressional Gold Medal for the highest civilian honors. 200 former pilots attended the event with lots of them wearing their World War II era uniforms. The U.S. governments " Rosie the Riveter" campaign was what was used for propaganda. This fake character who's showing her muscle when wearing a bandana, is based on the women workers. Rosie was one of the most successful Recruitment tools in the history of the most iconic image of working women. These posters stressed patriotic need for women to enter work forces. These ladies hard work rarely earned them more than 50% of male wages. even with tough times we USA still came through with great force... In 1943 "auxiliary" was dropped from the name WAC , women who received full U.S. Army benefits. The WAC eventually won over supporters. Each woman serving, freed a man to fight in front lines. Women enlisted in WACs and they served different non-combat roles by being radio operators for both electric and air-traffic radios. In May 1941, Representative Edith Nourse Royers introduced a bill that established a women's corps in the U.S. Army. She introduced the bill while trying to give women a salary and benefits the same as soldiers. The bill was forgotten about until Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The bill was then finally made into the law on May 15,1942. This new law established Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) that gave an official status and salary to women and with
a few of the benefits that were granted to some male soldiers. On July 1943, after thousands of women enlisted, the U.S. Army dropped "auxiliary" designation. Women now can be and serve in the army as soldiers along side with men. And women do all the same jobs as men. I am so amazed at how women moved their way into American history gracefully just like a lady. I found my info from,

http://www.history.com OBAMA i like him but the other president signed it Thank you and have a good day may be DRAMA http://www.classtools.net/education-games-php/fruit_machine Pick a name http://www.classtools.net/education-games-php/fruit_machine Pick a name 1) Which of the following was NOT an area where women served in the US armed forces? QUIZ By: Brianna bethel American women in wwll Thank u for watching my prezi and PowerPoint have a good day

By: Brianna bethel End of quiz 2 tickets What did Rosie the Riveter inspire many women to do? 3 tickets What did WASP stand for in the army? 1 ticket Fighter pilots running bombing raids in Germany Answer Women Air Force Service Pilots Answer Take on tough factory jobs in the USA Answer
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