Why Women's Rights Lost Ground At The End Of World War Two

617 words - 3 pages

The War in Europe came to an end on the 8th of May 1945, after a
prolonged 6 years. For most people, all they wanted to do was get back
to normal life but for many people particularly women, peace
demonstrated to be a challenge.

During the war women had been involved in many things concerning the
war effort, such as taking over men's jobs while they went away to
fight in the war as well as running the household on their own which
reinforced how independent women were at that time and thereafter.

But as the war came to an end, things had changed and women who had
feared the loss of independence were proven right. Women had lost
their status and all women war time jobs were lost so that men could
regain their jobs. People wanted to return to the concept of defining
"men's jobs" and "women's jobs." A lot of pressure was ...view middle of the document...

This may be seen as emotional blackmail, and people seemed
to believe this due to the fact that scientific experiments were
performed to prove Boulby's theories.

Also as women were at home all day, they didn't need labour saving
devices i.e. washing machines, Hoovers.

Which part of women's lives in particular had improved by the end of
1950's?

Although there were many attempts to limit women's ideas concerning
their rights and roles in society after the war, it could not be
stopped. Just at the end of the 1950's, women were coming through the
education system and this did not have an effect until the 1960's.

Cambridge University allowed women to receive full degrees for the
first time in 1947.

In 1944, Schools included girls, who gained free secondary education
due to the Butler Education Act, which suggested that girls would no
longer be prevented from gaining the education needed for a career.
They no more had to be forced into lowly paid, unskilled jobs at an
early age, which they then have to give up when they got married.
However the number of places in schools were limited and there were
fewer girls than boys so therefore you had to be much cleverer as a
girl. Also as grammar schools were middle class, you had to pay for
things; the girl's uniforms were more expensive than the boy's
uniforms and due to the whole expense some girls did not go to grammar
schools.

Family allowances were paid to help tackle the problem of poverty and
this was paid directly to the woman, which gave women an independent
source of income and reduced their dependence on men.

The number of married women doing part time work rose after the war.
However, this reinforced how women were only fit for part time work,
reflecting their status at that time and that they were not taken
seriously by society. Part time workers could be paid less and could
be dismissed more easily and there were very low conditions and
rights.

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