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Many of these women were already working in a lower paying job or were returning to the work force after being laid off during the depression.
Only three million new female workers entered the workforce during the time of the war.
Many who did have young children shared apartments and houses so they could save time, money, utilities and food.
If they both worked, they worked different shifts so they could take turns babysitting.
These women with children at home pooled together in their efforts to raise their families.
They assembled into groups and shared such chores as cooking, cleaning and washing clothes.
Taking on a job during World War II made people unsure if they should urge the women to keep acting as full-time mothers, or support them getting jobs to support the country in this time of need.
Government campaigns targeting women were addressed solely at housewives, likely because already-employed women would move to the higher-paid "essential" jobs on their own, Many of the women who took jobs during World War II were mothers.
Similar images of women war workers appeared in other countries such as Britain and Australia.
Images of women workers were widespread in the media as government posters, and commercial advertising was heavily used by the government to encourage women to volunteer for wartime service in factories.
World War II was similar to World War I in that massive conscription of men led to a shortage of available workers and therefore a demand for labor which could only be fully filled by employing women.
Nearly 19 million women held jobs during World War II.