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Type Journal Article - The Journal of Economic History
Title “You're in the Army Now:” The Impact of World War II on Women's Education, Work, and Family
Volume 74
Issue 01
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers 169-195
URL https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Taylor_Jaworski/publication/262689459_You're_in_the_Army_Now'_T​he_Impact_of_World_War_II_on_Womens_Education_Work_and_Family/links/0deec5387e98857426000000.pdf
World War II temporarily halted the rise in high school and college graduation
rates. This article shows that manpower mobilization for World War II
decreased educational attainment among high school-age females during the
early 1940s, reduced employment and earnings, and altered decisions regarding
family formation. I then provide evidence that women in this cohort returned to
school in later life and relate these findings to the “quiet revolution” taking place
as women learned about the benefits of school and work over the second half of
the twentieth century.

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