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The accounts from soldiers describing combat in general present an image of a hellish nightmare where all decency and humanity could be lost For men who fought under these conditions coming home was a very difficult transition Above all these men wanted to return to normalcy to come back to a life that they had been promised if the war was won This would turn out to be harder to obtain then first expected problems ranging from the availability of jobs in the work force to child raising and post-traumatic stress would make this return to normalcy very troublesome This laborious task of reintegrating into American culture would eventually lead to problems in the gender relations in post war America One of the major problems that GIs faced upon there return to the States was the availability of jobs During the war the US government encouraged women and minorities to enter the industrial work force due to labor shortages and increased demand for war goods By 1944 a total of 1360000 women with husbands in the service had entered the work force This along with the a migration of African-American workers from the south filled the war time need for labor This attitude toward women in the work force changed dramatically at the end of the war The propaganda promoting Rosie the Riviter suddenly changed focusing on the duties of women as a homemaker and a mother Even with these efforts and those of the GI bills passed after the war returning soldiers had a difficult time finding jobs in post war America This independence given to women during the war and its removal with the advent of the returning men had a definitive effect on gender relations in American society and which one of the seeds of the womens
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