The urgency of the war, along with changing conceptions of women’s roles in society, meant that the U.S. military enlisted the help of thousands of women. In fact, about 350,000 women served in the armed forces […] When women shipped off, they took cosmetics with them into battle. Lipstick was one of the ways these women defined themselves; to them it signaled femininity and strength. (full quote at sarriane)
I fight like a girl. I fight like a girl who refuses to be a victim. I fight like a girl who’s tired of being ignored, humored, beaten or raped. I fight like a girl who’s sick of not being taken seriously. I fight like a girl who’s been pushed too far. I fight like a girl who offers and demands respect. I fight like a girl who has a lifetime of anger, strength, and pride pent up in her girly body. I fight like a girl who fights back. (insp.)
Agent Carter addresses the postwar fate of the female workforce:
During the Second World War, women proved that they could do “men’s” work, and do it well. With men away to serve in the military, women made airplanes and warships, munitions and tanks, working in technical and scientific fields for the first time. They enjoyed the work, the good pay, the opportunities for advancement, and the excitement of working with other women and men on important jobs.
Most wanted to continue working after the war ended, yet women’s employment was only encouraged as long as the war was on. Once the war was over, federal and civilian policies replaced women workers with men. Many were fired from their jobs so the returning veterans could be re-employed. (x + x)
I’m one of 28 young ballerinas with the Bolshoi. The training is hard but the glory of Soviet culture and the warmth of my parents…my…parents…makes up for….No… No, that’s not right. I’m one of 28 Black Widow agents with the Red Room. The training is hard but the glory of Soviet supremacy and the warmth of my parents…all my…parents…makes up for… I can’t tell what’s true anymore.