“Women! Just think how our men and boys EVERYWHERE will be happy to know that their wives, mothers and sweethearts are busy and useful. They will respect all women more, because their own are busy and cheerful, and full of courage.” (1)

This quote is taking from a speech by Ella Reeve Bloor in August of 1942. She believed the war would join both the men and women in America. In the 1940’s all the men were drafted into the WWII. Since they had to leave their jobs, the women took over. This meant that women were doing the jobs that were typically for men. This time-period really, proves that women are just as capable as men are. Bloor believed that by women taking over these roles, they were gaining respect and beating adversity. No one could no longer say that women were not capable of doing the jobs that men do.


(1) Sarkela, Sandra. “From Megaphones to Microphones: Speeches of American Women, 1920-1960.” Choice Reviews Online 41, no. 07 (2004): 215


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Was this excerpt trying to convince women to work outside the home? If so, that is really interesting since it sounds like they are hesitant.


  2. hhansen5695 says:

    I think it is important to incorporate the fact that while she believed this, society’s acceptance of women in the labor force was only acceptable because of the condition of war, and that to all the men, women were just placeholders until they came home to reclaim their jobs, just so it gives a more holistic picture of what is going on in this time period.


  3. mlucas426 says:

    If you want another good source of women working during WW2 in megaphones to microphones there is a speech by Clara Boothe Luce that is about encouraging women to work during the war. I feel that it could strength this post. Otherwise good post!


  4. jdeleo94 says:

    I like the quote you chose from her speech! What was the audience and location where the speech was given? Was she speaking to only women or men as well?


  5. embartra says:

    What do you make of the fact that your blog has shown us how women have been working in industrial settings since there *were* industrial settings, and yet every selection seems to be re-litigating whether or not women are capable of working in industrial settings?


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