Points of Teaching
Women who left the home to join the labor force soon found they were performing double shifts, working all day while still having to raise children and clean the home at night. This proved to be a difficult struggle, and in essence, these women really did have to undertake ‘double shifts’ because the work that was required of them encompassed that of two full-time jobs.
It was certainly a tough transition for many women who had children to tend to and a household to properly maintain, but over time, a new and unexpected passion enveloped women and they began to discover the benefits of being employed.They soon found work to be engaging, allowing them to learn new skills, contribute to society in a meaningful way, and prove to many others that the jobs once thought only for men could actually be done just as well by women.
Factory work performed by women ranged from the making of uniforms to ammunition to airplanes. Being able to perform these tasks well helped women develop a stronger sense of pride, knowing that they were now garnering more respect from those around them at home and the men and women fighting abroad.
Although many women returned to their roles as homemaker once the war was over, this did not discount the strides and gains they had made while in the workforce. Life had changed. Women had proven to serve a greater purpose and could fill needs in the job market where they once had been thought unable to manage. When the soldiers came back, it was true that much of life reverted back to the way times were before the war, but after everything was said and done, none could argue the sacrifice women had made during this time of crisis and how many had discovered a newfound respect in their capabilities.