Hastening the Homecoming: Women as Workers, Consumers, and Homemakers in World War II

For many U.S. women, the exigencies of war created welcome opportunities, not unwelcome demands. Even so, gender norms proved remarkably adaptable to the wartime emergency.

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In “Hastening the Homecoming,” Gidlow explores some of the surprising ways that World War II disrupted the lives of diverse women in the U.S. Drawing upon letters written between the men on the front and their wives, girlfriends, and mothers left at home, Gidlow shows how the war both disrupted and reinforced ideas about the proper role of women in American society.


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