How Important Was the Role of Women During Wwi Essay

623 Words Dec 17th, 1999 3 Pages
"How important was the role of women during world war 1"
The early rush of volunteers and later the conscription of men led to a shortage of manpower on the home front. Women, already working in munitions factories were encouraged to take on jobs normally done by men.
This was the start of major social change. Before the war, women had been content to stay at home to bring up the family and do domestic work. It was considered unbecoming for a woman to work. During the war it was considered unpatriotic not to.
Many changes came about as shown by the quote from A. J. P Taylor English History " Women became more independent. Women paid for their round at the pub. Fashion changed for practical reasons : never again did skirts sweep the
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Other women joined the forestry corps and felled trees in shipbuilding and other industries.
At the start of the war almost the entire staff of the Glasgow Corporation tramways left to form a special battalion of the Highland Light Infantry. Glasgow got its first females clippies in April 1915, followed more slowly by Manchester and London. Women also became train drivers and greasers of the railways.
When the war was over most of the women left, or were forced to leave, the paid employment which they had taken. Despite this the war had brought a significant change to their life's. They began to do things the normally had never done before such as wear trousers and smoke in public. After the second world war their daughter proved to be much tougher to remove from their jobs.
The war gave women, who weren't yet allowed to vote, the chance to show that they were equal to men. It forced many men to change the way they regarded women. More people realized that women could make a contribution in the workplace as well as at home. The first World War could be said to have begun the movement for equal opportunities for men and women.
In conclution the part played by women during WW1 was huge, If it wasn't
for the womans land army the country could have starved. Without the munitioned factorys the war could have been lost and without the transprt the country could have came to a stand…