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In the time of World War II, millions of people from both the Allied, and Axis sides died, during one of the largest wars in history from September 1939, to September in 1945. 

During this war approximately 400,000 U.S. women served with Armed Forces, and more than 500 lost their lives as a result. On the Homefront the 'total war' recruited not only women to fight for their country on the battlefield, but also in factories to replace the shortage of men in order to make munitions, and other war supplies. 

Nearly 19 million women held jobs during wartime since it was a 'total wartime', meaning everyone had to be enlisted for the war effort. Women had to take over the factory jobs in order to keep the economy moving, and the factories working. They recruited women from their homes with the pitch, 'if you can operate an electric mixer, you can operate a drill'. But by 1944 when the U.S. seemed to be sure to win the war, women were told to go back to their domestic duties. Some still continued to work, but by 1947 the percentage went from 36%