4 edition of Women in defense work during World War II found in the catalog.
Women in defense work during World War II
Chester W. Gregory
Bibliography: p. 208-219.
|Statement||[by] Chester W. Gregory.|
|Series||An Exposition--university book|
|LC Classifications||HD6095 .G73|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xxii, 243 p.|
|Number of Pages||243|
|LC Control Number||78152123|
In they were still underrepresented in the military; a situation not only politically unwise but a waste of manpower. In there were 5, employed blacks, of whom 3, were male, almost none working at well-paid defense jobs. Commanded by Major Early, the battalion was composed of 30 officers and enlisted women. When the auto industry began to convert to war production after Pearl Harbor, there were massive temporary layoffs.
These women had saved much of their wages since there was little to buy during the war. Inthe th Central Postal Directory Battalion the only all African-American, all-female battalion during World War II worked in England and France, making them the first black female battalion to travel overseas. Nearly a million "government girls" were recruited for war work. When they gave her a production "E," she was as proud as a girl could be! When Representative Hamilton Fish R-NYwho had commanded black soldiers in World War I, asked Stimson to explain this policy, he was told that Negroes "have been unable to master efficiently the techniques of modern weapons. As a result, it was estimated that eight married women out of 10 between the ages of 18 and 40 were in either the armed services or industry.
By Novemberwhen their numbers peaked, there werewomen in auto factories, constituting 26 percent of the labor force. Partial timeline[ edit ] The U. The role of German women, he said, was to be good wives and mothers and to have more babies for the Third Reich. Philip Randolph, President of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the only black union of any consequence, who called for a Negro march on Washington to protest against job discrimination. Because a handful of German Jews did reach the United States, and Japanese-Americans and Negroes improved their position later, does not change the shameful record just discussed, which had practical as well as moral implications. Another, an Army flight nurse who had been aboard an aircraft that was shot down behind enemy lines in Germany inwas held as a POW for four months.
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It is one of the few happy ironies of the war that the military, which did not want blacks in the first place and did everything possible to make them feel inferior, benefited them all the same. Yet the figures reveal that by the early s, more married women were in the labor force than at any previous time in American history.
American democracy, which boasted of providing equal justice to all, failed to make good on its pledge in the one area above all others by which democracy is tested.
Wage rates, however, remained unequal, the UAW, contrary to its prewar stand, insisting on differential wages for what were defined as "male" and "female" jobs.
There were several reasons for this. State funding was provided to establish about wartime nurseries, a huge increase from the 14 such nurseries which existed in Summerfieldp.
The Navy; for its part, assigned blacks to labor units after being ordered to expand their role beyond that of messmen. Trade unions, campaigners and some women parliamentarians took up this issue and despite initial government opposition to this demand, equal rates were introduced in April To prevent outbreaks of violence by or against them, commissioned whites often had to patrol black housing areas and undertake other duties in addition to their own that commanders would not trust to Negro officers.
Thus, while the prominent role played by married women in wartime was seen as a temporary expedient, it marked an historic change from a relatively small female work force dominated by young singles, to an immense force comprised for the most part of older, married, or formerly married women.
Those women with children at home pooled together in their efforts to raise their families. In June mobs of servicemen, egged on by civilians, began beating zoot suiters and continued doing so until the zoot-suit was no longer seen in public.
As employment began to rise again, men were rehired at a much greater rate than women. Inthe th Central Postal Directory Battalion the only all African-American, all-female battalion during World War II worked in England and France, making them the first black female battalion to travel overseas.
Their jobs, again, belonged to men. Adams and Capt. Seventeen blacks were shot by the police, who reported in every instance that the victim had been looting. In there were 5, employed blacks, of whom 3, were male, almost none working at well-paid defense jobs. The nation that needed their help in a time of crisis, it seems, was not yet ready for the greater social equality that would slowly come in the decades to follow.
The first warship named for a woman to take part in combat operation, it was named after Lenah S. Nineteen million American women filled out the home front labor force, not only as "Rosie the Riveters" in war factory jobs, but in transportation, agricultural, and office work of every variety.
That the UAW meant to protect men anyway became clear in October, when it filed a strike notice against the Kelsey Hayes Wheel Company in Detroit, demanding "the removal of all girl employees from machine work" -- which was, in the union's view, "a man's job.
Yet women's employment was only encouraged as long as the war was on. Eventually an agreement was reached on a set wage that was the same for men and women workers, depending on the kind of machines they worked on.
Even the high degree of unionization during wartime had no effect, union leaders developing little interest in the special problems of women. After the Coast Guard hired its first group of civilian women to serve in secretarial and clerical positions init then established a Women's Reserve known as the SPARs after the motto Semper Paratus - Always Ready in Army Air Forces.
The Army solution was to begin converting them to service troops, who were accepted -- the more menial the work the better. You just sort of had a method of our own.
Another, an Army flight nurse who had been aboard an aircraft that was shot down behind enemy lines in Germany inwas held as a POW for four months.
Negroes were poor, but they lived in viable communities and had a working family system. Given the stereotyping and the misogyny, and the mass media's habit of trivializing what they did, what is remarkable is that so many women did find jobs in defense plants. Changes to Childcare The large increase in the presence of women in the workforce also meant that those who were mothers had to deal with issues like childcare—finding quality childcare, and dealing with getting the children to and from the "day nursery" before and after work—and were often still primary or solo homemakers, dealing with the same rationing and other issues other women at home faced.Over million men and women served in the armed forces during World War II, of whomdied in battle,died from other causes, andwere wounded.
During World War II the percentage of American women who worked outside the home at paying work increased from 25% to 36%. More married women, more mothers, and more minority women found jobs than had before the war.
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