Sunday, December 29, 2019

Women played a major role in the fight against inequality...

Women played a major role in the fight against inequality and discrimination against female gender for generations. Throughout the 20th century and up to WWI, most women saw their primary roles as being housewives and mothers, and less than 30 percent of women worked outside the home. That was the context for Demi Hansen’s life but during WWII she became a Rosie the Riveter. Women had no self-representation other than from their husbands and fathers, until WWII when opportunity’s were previously only for men was given to women which significant changes for Demi Hansen in her home and workplace. (Katz, lecture, 1/30/14) Demi Hansen was born on September 25, 1925 in Long Beach, California. Growing up from a family of five children Hansen†¦show more content†¦Women during the 1930’s are being portrayed as the â€Å"Industrial Revolution† in the home and advertisement illustrating women â€Å"elegantly manicured and coiffed.† Being part of the â€Å"Industrial Revolution† in the home, Hansen like any other women effected by the advertisement feel it was her job everyday to â€Å"clean the house, dinners prepared, and put the boys to sleep.† (Hansen interview, 3/23/14; Ruth Schwartz Cowan P. 484-488) Everything has started to change for Hansen when WWII began and Hansen’s husband was drafted like all other men’s in the neighborhood, â€Å"it was the duty of men’s to serve for its country when it’s in need.† Three months after Hansen’s husband was drafted, the first time she had the thought of â€Å"the new era of women† as she recalled, â€Å"seeing the Long Beach Labor Newspaper with Rosie the Riveter on the front page.† As a way to advertise and encourage women to become wartime workers, â€Å"federal government publicized women’s industrial work as patriotic support for the war by personifying the worker as â€Å"Rosie the Riveter.† Lif e changed drastically across the country as men were drafted and called into active duty. 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