I am not quite sure on this myself, however, I would imagine they played a huge, if not impactual role, in, ah, not in a deragitory way but "matronizing" the United States, while many men, had been drafted for war. I believe they played a huge roll in raising their children, perhaps running businesses on the side, while still holding some of the "ways of the past" I suppose. I believe they had rolls as mothers, business woman, possibly politicians in rural areas, and one of the most important aspects, medical aid, being doctors, and nurses. THIS, was HUGE, I believe, in the war, nurses, and doctors were key, and priceless in order to keep the troops "up", healed, and to know when a soldier needed to be sent home, recognized, or retired. They also, I believe delivered, or more so brought, and cooked, food at times for soldiers, as well as providing them with vaccines, and pharmacutical drugs. Aside from this, woman, also, I believe played a large roll in "entertainment" whether it be a singer, or a group, to a musician specializing in a few things, to a "gun slinger" so to speak, such as "Annie Oakley" I believe. OH! ALSO, females played a LARGE roll, in the "educational" system, many being teachers, and forumlating the thoughts, and paths of their students, as well as exacting punishment, legally, at the time. Unfortunately, in the same sense, there was still "segregation" leading to, I suppose "bad" and, ignorant morales, being passed to the students, which, I believe at the time, aside from a few "segregated" school houses, were mostly embodied in caucasions. This is what I recall at the moment, so, I hope it helps, and I believe most of it is in the correct era, however, I could be wrong.