Woman roles before World War Two were affected by the new economic opportunities. The “Wartime shortages opened up thousands of jobs that previously been held only by men” , since most of the men went to war, they had to leave their jobs and someone had to fill in for them. Woman took their spots in war plants and worked in jobs as truck drivers and mechanics. Clearly then, the need for woman grew around 1940. “Before the war, woman represented 25 percent of the labor force; by 1944, woman constituted 36 percent” of the labor force. Women were a big part in World War Two and their roles in society were greatly transformed.
Woman took over male roles in world war two. Many women in Great Britain decided that they would work in factories making airplanes, ammunition, and also