Women, War, and Work: The Impact of World War I on Women Workers in the United States

TitleWomen, War, and Work: The Impact of World War I on Women Workers in the United States
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1980
AuthorsGreenwald, Maurine
Number of Pages336
PublisherGreenwood Press
CityWestport, CT

Maurine Greenwald's Women, War and Work addresses a heretofore ignored segment of American history. Contending that any comprehensive study of women in this era must utilize the triple foci of women's status before, during, and after the war, Greenwald uses the war as a historical prism through which she views here data. Indeed, most previous studies, she contends, have only briefly alluded to the impact of the First World War upon women workers while ignoring the larger issues of "how the war accelerated long-term trends in the gender-segregated organization of work, how the war reinforced the separateness of men's and women's work lives, and how the international conflict temporarily brought some groups of men and women into direct competition and conflict for the first time." Citing the impact of industrialization and subsequent needs for more employees in the merchant and industrial arenas, Greenwald attempts to prove that the War merely accelerated changes already apparent.

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