Not Logged in.
Book Jacket

Code Girls


The riveting story of the USA's courageous and accomplished WWII female...
Summary and Reviews
Excerpt
Reading Guide

Discuss Code Girls by Liza Mundy:
Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

Created: 09/26/18

Replies: 12

Posted Sep. 26, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

Join Date: 10/15/10

Posts: 1830

Expert

Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

Consider the various motivations Mundy cites for the women who signed up as code breakers. Do you feel they differed from those of the men serving in America's military then?


Posted Sep. 30, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
skagitgrits's Gravatar
skagitgrits

Join Date: 02/24/17

Posts: 15

RE: Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

Many of the motivations were the same; however, they had the added motivation of getting a job that recognized their talents and gave them an opportunity to excel, moved ahead and establish a career in a male-dominated field. The other motivations, such as patriotism and family pride were much the same as the men!


Posted Oct. 01, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
laurief

Join Date: 09/08/12

Posts: 41

RE: Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

Yes. This was a time when women were trained and trusted to work in highly classified positions with skills that would sustain them in the workforce. In other words, it took them out of the traditional female roles and "professions".


Posted Oct. 02, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
terriej

Join Date: 07/28/11

Posts: 212

Expert

RE: Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

I think the motivation was the same - they wanted to help end the war.


Posted Oct. 03, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
laurief

Join Date: 09/08/12

Posts: 41

RE: Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

I would say the women saw it as an adventure to break out or escape their expected roles after college. Think of the courage it took for women at that time in our history.


Posted Oct. 04, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dona

Join Date: 06/03/14

Posts: 17

RE: Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

While women certainly shared the men’s desire to contribute to the war effort, their motives were bolstered in many cases by a desire for adventure and escape from humdrum lives. The women with education and skills needed in code breaking did not have many other outlets for their talents.


Posted Oct. 04, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
nancyh

Join Date: 06/25/13

Posts: 200

Expert

RE: Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

I agree with most of the answers above. They all wanted to help the war effort. The women probably had an added incentive because it gave them a new experience they would not have had before.


Posted Oct. 05, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dianeh

Join Date: 08/01/16

Posts: 33

RE: Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

I think the women wanted to do their part in the war effort but I also believe they felt this was an opportunity to prove that they were as capable as men. It was probably also exciting for them and a chance at independence


Posted Oct. 10, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
kdowney25

Join Date: 01/25/16

Posts: 90

Expert

RE: Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

Combine all the answers above, and that's my response. Lol. Those days everyone wanted to help the war effort. With so many of the men gone, women were being called upon to do jobs that were previously unavailable to them. Being a code breaker was not only an opportunity to do something important to help the country, but also a chance to do something exciting and break from the expectations for a future that was commonplace for women at that time, mostly marriage and family life.


Posted Oct. 10, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dianaps

Join Date: 05/29/15

Posts: 336

Expert

RE: Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

I agree with everyone. Patriotism, country, family all played a part in their decision to join but also it was their chance to get out into the world and experience something different.


Posted Oct. 17, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
kathleenb

Join Date: 09/14/12

Posts: 82

Expert

RE: Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

I agree with everything that has been written. I especially think it was important for these women to break out of the expected roles for them.


Posted Oct. 28, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
SKB

Join Date: 10/28/18

Posts: 1

RE: Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

I agree with those above. Women wanted to contribute to the war effort and this was a way they could and also expand on what the world at that time thought they could do outside the home. Even though they had to keep the secrets of what they were doing, they did help with expanding the roles of women in the workforce.


Posted Nov. 07, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
inkdrunnergirl

Join Date: 10/11/18

Posts: 14

RE: Do you think the women's motivations for signing up as code breakers differed from those of the men?

I think the women wanted the chance to be able to do more than just be housewives. This gave them a chance to use talents they may not have otherwise been able to


Reply

Please login to post a response.