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  • Posted by : CentralWashU

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  • Date posted : Jan 01, 1970

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In both World War I and II, the selective service draft of men decreased the labor supply in the U.S. Thus, women were encouraged to join the labor force and did so at enormous rates. The famous WWII caricature of Rosie the Riveter inspired women's patriotic duties, and women took on a previously male-dominated labor force. Following both wars, however, women were immediately let go to make room for the male veterans returning into the labor force.

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