‘The Woman’s Place Is in the War’: Continuity and Change in World War II

Title‘The Woman’s Place Is in the War’: Continuity and Change in World War II
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBean, Dalea
Book TitleJamaican Women and the World Wars: On the Front Lines of Change
Pagination151 - 185
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
CityKingston, Jamaica
Abstract

This chapter advances a discussion about the need for ‘placement’ of women in Jamaica’s World War II efforts. Though women were more active in the recruitment of men for the army in World War I, there was more robust organization of women to bolster the wartime effort during World War II. Women were not only able to provide critical supplies, but also increased their visibility in society. The chapter also argues that despite the fact that it was felt that the woman’s place was in the war, the axiom from which this statement emerged, ‘The woman’s place is in the home’, was just as influential. This speaks to the systematic policy from the late 1930s to encourage women to maintain their place in domestic affairs rather than in the public domain. (Publisher)

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