Thursday, 18 April 2013

Was it fair?

        During WW2 there was a shortage of workers, to fix this, the Government campaigned to recruit women into paid workforce. This is an image of women working in the factories. In my opinion the Government was not fair to the many female engineers who were asked or volunteered to take the male soldiers' work positions for the remaining time of WW2.  The women who worked in the factories were treated disrespectfully by the remaining men, they would scream at the women while training and the females were payed less money for the same amount of hard work. The men thought that working in the factories was a "man's world," and that their woman should be working at home and taking care of children. After working in poor conditions; without masks to block black smoke, working in noisy positions and having to wear goggles, the many women were laid off at the end of war-time. I don't think women should've been laid off because a woman can do any job a man can, and in fact they seemed to be more efficent with their work, and were happy to come in everyday they were needed. I think the women should've had the choice to leave or stay the "man's workplace." Some women even resisted and started Women's Rights Campaigns. Therefore, it was NOT fair for the women who worked in the factories during WW2, for their disrespected treatment, poor conditions, less money paid compared to men and being laid off without choice.



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3 comments:

  1. Riley, this is a thorough and compelling look at the role of women in the factories during WWII.

    In the future, when you cite an image, you should cite the actual image, not the Google link.

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  3. How did the women's rights movement help improve the status of women? If the movement hadn't passed what do you think Canada would be lie today?

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