World War II America saw some pretty major shifts for women. The slogan “the more WOMEN at work, the sooner we win” inspired women to enter the work force as real-life Rosies and Riveters. With men off at war, women were able to fill various professions previously reserved for men, like doctors and engineers. Lady gardeners canned food to store up on from “victory gardens.” Women even joined the US military, and occupied a heroic ... Read More
You may have heard of Charm School, Secretarial School, but have you heard of Nazi Bride School?  According to recently discovered documents unearthed from Germany’s Federal Archive, in 1937 the Nazis created the Reichsbräuteschule, or Reich Bride School, “to mould housewives out of office girls”. In order for women to “do their part”, the highest-ranking female in the Third Reich, Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, recommended ... Read More
Officials in Osaka, Japan are keeping their heads down this week after their mayor, Toru Hashimoto, made some uncool comments about the country’s role in keeping "comfort women" during World War II. His exact (-ish) words were (as translated and quoted by Japanese media): "In the circumstances in which bullets are flying like rain and wind, the soldiers are running around at the risk of losing their lives. If you want them to have a rest in such a situation, ... Read More
She was possibly the most badass woman in the history of World War II. One of the most decorated WWII servicewomen, Nancy Wake led 7,000 maquisards - armed resistance fighters -  in battles against the Nazis. She rode a bicycle for more than 500 miles through several German checkpoints to replace codes her wireless operator had been forced to destroy in a raid. She even killed an SS sentry with her bare hands - a fatal karate chop - to prevent him from ... Read More
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