This quote is taken from a speech made to a group of women by Clare Boothe Luce in September of 1942. She was stressing the importance of the role of women during war time. Since the men were all fighting, women were taking on these roles that were never previously given to them. They were truly helping win the war because they were making all of the materials needed. Women were very much industrialized. We can see the change from the 1854 letter to the letter to the union. That letter did not want women working at the jobs that had previously belonged to men. However, during the time of war it was crucial that women take over the job of men.
(1)Berkin, Carol and Leslie Horowitz. Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives: Documents in Early American History. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1998: 199