The Legacy of Women from World War II
Female involvement in the American World War II effort was intended to be a temporary measure. Women were integral to the United States' success, building planes,flying planes, aiding the navy and army, and treating soldiers; however, men expected them to regress to their inferior gender roles upon their return from war. Though most women did return to the domestic sphere, rendering their economic and social gains temporary, their self-concept was permanently altered. Women's wartime experiences boosted their confidence by proving they were as strong and capable as men and prompted reflection on their place in society. This shift in how women perceived themselves eventually led to the start of the women's rights movement of the late 20th century.