Essay on The Changing Role and Status of Women's From 1914-1928

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The Changing Role and Status of Women's From 1914-1928 We are studying how far the role and status of women changed between 1914 and 1928. It includes different aspects of life for the women; it will also refer to how and why life changed during the war.

In the early 20th century women’s lives were a repeated routine, which unfortunately was the same every single day. Women were not allowed to work unless she desperately wanted a job. She would have to work extremely hard to become a nurse or a teacher but the pay was very low. The women could also work as servants and worked in the
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Women in the WAAC were thought to be of a lower class. They quickly gained a ‘bad’ reputation for sexual misconduct with the troops in France. But the 21 reported pregnancies among the 6000 WAAC personal in France in 1918 suggest that these rumours were some what exaggerated.

Not every job filled by a woman was a replacement for a man. In 1915 the army blamed its defeat on a lack of artillery shells. The result of this was a huge increase in the production of shells by private companies. New jobs were created in these munitions factories, and by the end of the war over 900,000 women had filled them. However, this was very dangerous work. Explosions could kill and maim the workers. The chemicals used in the explosives caused workers to vomit and eventually turned their skin yellow, giving these women the name ‘Cannoves’. Nevertheless, Munitions work was very well paid; therefore many working-class women were willing to do this work.

When the war ended men came back to claim their jobs which meant that many women had to give up their jobs. Unfortunately many other jobs disappeared. There were fewer jobs in domestic service. By 1921 the economic decline meant that the number of women in work was actually
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