The cartoon ” Giving Her a Lift to Town”, published in November of 1938, depicts the lifestyle of an unemployed woman during the 1930’s. Unfortunately, no matter how skilled a woman was, she was not an easy hire. However, Mrs. Roosevelt was doing all she could to bring light to the situation by creating Roosevelt’s Conference through which she strived to promote equal salaries and opportunities for both sexes. In the beginning of the year, a recession in the business world began, and the numbers for unemployment soared. By March, around 12,000,000 people, both male and female, were left without a job.
With so many people unemployed, the government attempted to supply money for a relief plan. In the article “the Unemployed Woman,” the author illustrates his frustration with this. If there is enough money to pay people, especially women, but no demand for a job, why can’t the unemployed be paid for the work they do at home? Shouldn’t household responsibilities be considered a career because of the time and effort women spend?
The humor within the cartoon is shown through the simpleness of the words depicted. The women of this time truly were “forgotten” because of the lack of attention surrounding their troubles with unemployment. One of the only people who showed support was “Mrs. F.R.” Her conferences brought together over 1,000 people fighting for a voice to be heard. Mrs. Roosevelt wanted people to understand that the fight for equal rights in the work place was as important as the war. In the cartoon, she is in a car trying to direct the woman to the town that clearly states “Jobs.” Without her help, the forgotten woman might not have been able to obtain a job, let alone arrive at the place necessary for a job.
These years were not always the easiest for women, for they had to fight to be considered equal. Women’s rights were not common; therefore, a job was as equally rare. Enough money was able to be supplied for women to get paid minimum wage, but supplying the actual job to accompany the salary was the problem. Fortunately, in today’s society, women do not have this problem. They are equal to men in many ways, and with the right skills and necessities, can get the job of their dreams.
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