Women and the War: Supporting Historical Interpretations

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Rosie the Riveter may be an iconic image from World War II, but not all historians agree on how the conflict affected women in the workplace. Individuals evaluate the writings of well-known historians on the topic, and then decide: Was World War II a watershed moment for women's rights? Or was that yet to come?

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Jigsaw the class to analyze and discuss primary and secondary sources that evaluate the role of women in World War II
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of The Home Front series of resources from the National WWII Museum
  • Learners may need some background on the role of women and civilians during World War II
  • Sources are varied in their complexity and allow for differentiated instruction
  • Well-crafted worksheets and extension activities, such as writing prompts, support the lesson's activities
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