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Last edited at 11:30AM on 3/28/2012
It had a huge effect on women. Up until this war, most women never knew anything about working outside the home. The war took so much manpower that women had to fill the void in the factories and other areas of employment. They learned skills they would have otherwise never even thought of. Once the war ended many were actually resented in the workplace and many were forced out of the by the men returning from the war. Nevertheless it was a lasting change, because women continued to work outside the home, which has become a norm in today's society.
It affected the women emotionally because they lost their loved ones through the war including husbands and sons. Women moved to a degree of roles that were played by men after their men went to war. They also got empowered since they now knew a lot of things and how to stand for themselves.
They could now work as nurses, inside factories, in farms (mostly within the women's land army), they could have trade unions. However their wages stayed the same (half the mens), and often they were only employed for "The duration of the war" which meant that after the war 60% of women had no jobs.