Tags: gender, intersectionality, nationalism, prejudice/discrimination, race/ethnicity, social mvmts/social change/resistance, war/military, employment discrimination, racism, representation, sexism, wwII, women's labor force participation, 21 to 60 mins
Length: 54:00; 1:56
Access: no online access; Vimeo preview
Summary: This film was first broadcast as an episode of the television program "The American Experience" on Nov. 1, 1988. The film explores the large scale entrance of American women into the paid labor force during World War II in order to fill positions abandoned by American men fighting abroad. The film documents the experiences of women on the American home front during the war. These women talk about empowerment through greater earning power, but also through challenging dominant ideas about the division between masculinity and femininity. The empowerment thesis is challenged by the fact that once the war was over and the soldiers returned home, women were largely asked to leave their jobs and assume their prewar status as homemakers. The film would work well in a class on the sociology of gender, especially as a means of stimulating discussion about the theoretical notion of intersectionality. Gender, race, and nationalism vividly intersect throughout the film.
Submitted By: Lester Andrist
2/24/2014 09:48:55 am
This film seems to be really interesting. Largely when i am teaching a course on Sociology of Gender. But why cant I access it online? Only reading a paragraph about the film and unable to screen it before the students is just unfortunate!!!
2/25/2014 01:40:47 pm
Sharmila - I can't tell you how many times I've looked for an online source and have come up empty handed. After seeing your comment, I looked again and found a two-minute preview. It's really just a teaser but better than nothing (http://vimeo.com/18770076). If you're able, I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy. When I've used the film, I've had to check it out from the library. Good luck!
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