W – Women Forces

Today, one of the most iconic images of World War two is Rosie the Riveter. Rosie the Riveter was a fictional character in a song working on an assembly line during World War two, doing her part to support America. Rosie the Riveter was used to encourage women to work, since women were needed to fill the jobs in factories once men went to fight in the war. Rosie was also used to persuade husbands that women should be able to do this type of work. Many men believed that women working in factories was wrong and nontraditional; for this reason Rosie the Riveter is also considered a feminist icon.

Other woman work

Working in factories wasn’t all women did during World War two. Women also worked on farms, and many worked for the Red Cross. Many women enlisted in the army, but never saw real combat. Women who worked in the air force piloted planes from factories to the air base where male pilots would fly them into war. Women also worked as spies that parachuted into enemy territory; these female spies were part of the Special Operations Unit, and went into occupied France to gather information. During the Blitz in London, women who were part of the Women’s Voluntary Service provided refreshments and aid to firefighters and refugees of the bombing.

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