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Women changed the course of history after World War II. Before World War II, women had briefly helped their country during the Great War but had returned home following the war. After the stock market crash in 1929, many people struggled to provide for their families which led women to take jobs again. When American joined World War II after Pearl Harbor, the large influx of men joining the army led companies in a lurch for employees. American propaganda strongly encouraged women to do their patriotic duty and to leave the household, only temporarily, to help their country. Women in America took to industry, military, and service employment to serve their country. This paper will explore the effect women's employment had on American society after the war ended; it will show the general participation of women across the country and their fight to maintain that employment in the postwar society.


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