Labor and Women "I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress the women have achieved." -B.R. Ambedkar

Similarities and Differences between the labor class and women before, during and after World War II.

Similarities:

Both the classes were divided internally. Among the sub groups of the labor class were the women. Both of these parties formed unions to protest against unjust and unfair actions and behaviors. The labor forces and women struggled to get equal pay and opportunity.

Differences:

The labor forces were divided into many different categories, it included individuals from different ethnicity and gender. Even though women struggled mostly before and during the world war, the labor force as a whole struggled after the war.

Slogans

God did not create gender for inequality, he created it for diversity.

Soldiers fight a war abroad, laborers fight a war at home

How were women treated?

women weren't given much importance in society as they did not work a day job. During the war they were recruited in large numbers because all the workers who previously worked had left to the front lines. Women were given less wages than their male counterpart and were not respected either.

How were the labor class treated?

Within the labor class African Americans were not given equal opportunity. Asian Americans and Mexican Americans were discriminated against too. These divisions of ethnic origin caused massive spread in hunger and poverty as a lot of wage workers from different ethnic background were not provided with work.

How did the labor class respond?

To combat the discrimination, wage laborers would take to the streets to protest. They would question how they weren't given work when they had fought in the war for their country. Workers formed strikes as a way to convince the employers to give higher wages and equal opportunities to all.

How did the women respond?

Women were given unequal wages for the same work as their male counterpart. They were usually given jobs which were considered to be lower than what their male co workers would be given. To combat this women would agitate on a local level. They would protest and form strikes to get justice from their employers.

How did the workforce contribute to the cause of WWII?

Factories produced wartime materials from the recycled items of Americans. Women worked in factories producing military weaponry. Farmers were producing lots of food goods to fuel the military. The canned meat product spam was introduced. It was an ideal combat ration since it was easy to ship, and did not spoil after long periods of time.

How did Women contribute to the cause of WWII?

Nearly 350,000 women served in uniform, volunteering in military service such as the Navy Women's Reserve, Women Air force Service Pilots (WASPS), the Army Nurse Corps, and others. They drove trucks, worked in factories making weapons and ammunition, repaired airplanes, served as radio operators, worked as laboratory technicians, tested newly repaired airplanes, even trained anti-aircraft artillery gunners by acting as flying targets. These are several of the many services women did in contribution to the cause of the war.

Analysis:

During World War II , the United States increased the size of its army. They recruited men and women to serve in the front lines. This left all the factories and workplaces empty and looking for work. Women were employed to fill in the gaps. They had to work at a factory then work at home for their child/ren and husbands. Women had no time for rest or leisure as they had to work 24/7 whether it be at home or at a factory. On top of that they had to fight for equal wages and opportunities. Women played a big role during the war by reforming the labor class.

Laborers were subject to discrimination mostly after the war. They came back from the front lines and found that they weren't given fair job opportunities. People who fought for their country and risked their lives were now jobless and unemployed. They had to struggle within their country after fighting a bloody war.

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