Melissa paper compared those who had answered the

 Melissa McEuan views how woman’s bodies were its own battleground in World War II. Woman worked in the factories but they were also required to dress and look according to what was seen as womanhood. Being that woman worked in conditions where they were exposed to soot and much heat woman had to make sure that they fit the physical demands. Woman were expected to have good hygiene. They had an expectation of cleanliness in body and clothing then men. Woman finally is in the war but their uniform had to have to have an hourglass shape.               Woman worked in the factories but they were also required to dress and look according to what was seen as womanhood. For example, woman was obligated have a certain appearance. ” Late in 1942 the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion- Ledger headlined a story, Cosmetics for Girl Workers Boosting War Production. It recounted a Vouge magazines feature about a New York factory that had recently installed large mirror’s in woman’s restrooms and offered employees free cosmetics changes linked to favorable resulted on the factory floors. Stressing the importance of personal appearance to woman, the Jackson paper compared those who had answered the nations call to their female counterparts in mental hospitals, concluding, woman remain woman, cherishing vanity, even when they have become more or less insane or when they take hard jobs in the factories.”(McEuan1). They were expected to look like the woman in the magazines, posters, pamphlet’s and newspapers. Woman did not have a choice of their own looks.                                             Not only was the female face scrutinized but also, the hands and legs. For example, woman had to focus on their hand and nails mainly because woman always used skin creams and nail polish, woman who were in the service were required to have nail polish and had to have a color that went well with their uniform. “Just as industrial workers, wives, and mothers were to care about their hands and nails, so too were woman in uniform, WASP flyer Marion Stegman tried to keep hers as well-groomed as possible. WAC director Oveta  Culp Hobby asked a subordinate to give her a quick manicure in the office after learning late one morning that she was to have lunch with general George C. Marshall and his wife. Even H.I. Phillips fictional Wac, Arlene Applegate, complained “What an all-out war does to girl’s hands”. The U.S. Marine Corps Woman’s Reserve(USMCWR) encouraged its female members to take advantage of nail polish, recommending they choose a shade to match or blend with the scarlet hat cord” (McEuan 61-62). They had a certain expectation that the society had woman do and they did not have a choice. 


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