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The twentieth century was a time of rapid change in societal views and opened opportunities for many groups within the United States few more so than women Beginning early in the century factors in the world culminated to form a ground for the expansion of women outside the home The coming of World War I left much of the workforce vacant and forced women to take the place of men Women during WWI had to fill the space left by men physically while still trying to conform to previously held societal views These factors collided and forced women to retain their womanliness while doing a mans job At the end of World War I women returned to their place in society much as it had been before the War as many of the expectations by society remained Though they returned to the home there were lasting effects from their contributions during the war that would play an important role in the lives of their children Due to their efforts in World War I women were seen as more viable members of mans society though still not on the same plain Women were still viewed as inferior not belonging in the workplace or politics World War II put women back to work and the image of women in the mans world returned At the onset of the Second World War women entered the workforce at higher rates than the First War and views of women began to change The image of females in the workforce shifted from women doing mens work to women as men doing mens work Discussions of women and their role in society in both the war and the workplace began to transform as well The change in the view of women in the workforce can be seen prominently in media during both World Wars The role that women took in World War I made it easier for women in World War II
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