What were the consequences?

Women and the Second World War

Just as had happened in the First World War, the experiences of the Second World War led to major changes in the role and status of women. In all the countries at war, there was an insatiable need for women - as soldiers, on the farms, in the factories. Just as between 1914 and 1918, this led to changes in attitudes of and about women's place in society. Sometimes, these changes proved temporary; when the war ended many women were content to resume the home-making role they had before. But for many women there really was a social revolution, a fundamental shift in their place in society. Having felt equal to men during the war, they wanted to be equal after it was over.