Paper 2 Review

Roles of women changing following twentieth century.

"Causes, Practices, and Effects" Roles of women changing after twentieth century.

Background Information...

  • For many years women were subjected to oppression by men, being forced to act as the inferior sex; this took a major, unexpected turn following twentieth century war.
  • Women gained things from all aspects, mainly, socially and politically.
  • This decade of war acted as a catalyst to a liberated female sex, who took on duties of the everyday man in honor of their country.
  • Women of this particular decade were courageous, and broke various stereotypes by working unfamiliar jobs, becoming extreme feminist, and even rejecting relations to take on arms.

Women changing from a Social and Political Aspect..

  • Women had become socially inferior, as society had saw them for what they were really worth.
  • Some examples of social changes women were granted were them being allowed to dress more casually, women weren't expected to and weren't producing as many kids as they were too involved in the working world; following the second war they gained more prominent rights such as voicing their opinion on sex before marriage and taboo, equal pay as men, excessive education levels, and were allowed to join armed forces.
  • Politically, women were given the right to vote and allowed to voice their opinion in the government, oppose to being excluded due to assumptions of ignorance.

Counterargument....

  • Some historians would agree that women did not gain liberty following the war because they were denied access to some of their recent jobs, after the war had ended.
  • Historian Leiaa J. Rupp argues that the minor changes after the war had a temporary affect on women; she believes this to be true because following the war women were subjected to domestic labor/lifestyle.

"The Cold War" Reasoning/Success of containment policy..

Background...


  • The containment policy was introduced by George Kennan and its purpose was to stop the spread of communism through political and economical means.
  • The alterations in the Truman Doctrine(containment) was announced in his speech to congress in March 1947.
  • It was implied that the Soviet was aggressively expanding its communistic ways and the US indirectly spoke on its needs of containment.
  • Countries were forced to chose between freedom of the West and subjugation to communism.

Containment, Marshall Plan/Truman Doctrine...



  • Shortly after the announcement of the revised Truman Doctrine, the United States clarified its readiness to assist any country resisting, "armed minorities", or "outside pressure."
  • The containment policy was successful in its initial stages with weapons and supplies provided by the government also those in opposition of communism.
  • The Marshall Plan was created in order to restore Western Europe economically, which would in return defer them from communism.

Actions Taken..



  • Berlin Airlift (Blockade): this was the first open conflict between sides, where Soviet tried to stop any activity going into or out of the US; cutting transportation in and out to force them to surrender their government to communism. However, these actions were opposed by US who used airplanes and jets to transport necessities in and out of Berlin.
  • The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was an investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives helped make communist affiliates and sympathizers evident.
  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the NATO, was created to help avoid any other total wars and to maintain peace/security worldwide.

Counterargument..

  • Some historians would agree that women did not gain liberty following the war because they were denied access to some of their recent jobs, after the war had ended.
  • Historian Leiaa J. Rupp argues that the minor changes after the war had a temporary affect on women; she believes this to be true because following the war women were subjected to domestic labor/lifestyle.