Did WW II Liberate American Women? World War II did liberate American Woman. After pearl harbor, in fact, employers openly encouraged women to join the industrial labor pool. By 1947, 37 percent of all adult in United States were in work force. Married women represented over 70 percent ed of the increase in female employees, a significant shift away from traditional patterns in which the vast majority of working women had been young and single.
It has also been criticized that they lost their job right after the war was ended. But not all of them lost their jobs. Lots of them who desired to continue to work held their positions safe. As they had already paved their way towards employment, it wasn't difficult for them to work in different places they haven't worked before. The most significant change that WW II brought in American Women is the end of sex segregation in work force. Prior, they were allowed to do some so called female jobs and live life as housewives.
But during world war II they were employed in different manufacturing jobs and the work they performed challenged prevailing definition of womanhood. Black women were able to benefit more from WW II. Before the war the majority of black women were relegated to the white woman's kitchen. In 1940, two-third of employed black women worked as domestic in LA. By 1950, this proportion dropped to 40% and was by an increase of black women in durable manufacturing. Different criticism had been made that women had to quit their jobs to make space available for men who returned from the war.
But the war had changed the perspective of nature of work that women were into before the war. The war had women more freedom than they had ever had before. Women had experienced new opportunities, a sense of independence, and were their own individuality The war allowed women to make decisions, and it gave them a chance to fight for their rights. And there is no doubt that the consequences of the World War II (the discrimination, job cuts, and wage inequalities) led to the development of many of the civil rights movements of the 1950's.