Date of Award

Fall 12-2017

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Committee Chair

Dr. Deanne Stephens

Committee Chair Department

History

Committee Member 2

Dr. Rebecca Tuuri

Committee Member 2 Department

History

Committee Member 3

Dr. Matthew Casey

Committee Member 3 Department

History

Abstract

This research examines the duality of the roles of American women during World War II. The research draws upon oral histories, newspaper accounts and advertisements, music and films of the time, letters and family scrapbooks, and primary and secondary sources. Most prior research focuses on either women in the workforce or women in the home. This research synthesizes all aspects of the lives of women as they navigated the hostile terrain of the male workforce and continued to perform the duties assigned to them by society. This research highlights the multiple roles that women successfully executed as they cared for their families and their country.

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