The Experiences Of Australian Women

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The experiences of Australian women in both World War 1 and World War 2 were similar but also different. WWI was fought from 1914 to 1918, and WW2 was fought from 1939 to 1945. These were the biggest military conflicts in the history of man. The main areas of change in Australian women around these times were employment, roles and positions in the war, and the attitudes towards women at these times. In WW1, the main occupation for Australian women was nursing. In World War 2, however, women were given the opportunity to do ‘a man’s job’ for the first time.
World War I and World War ll were similar in some aspects, with the women replacing the men, being included in propaganda campaigns, dealing with their loved ones that were away in the war and the roles of encouraging the men to enlist in the war. Australian women became the financial heads of their families due to the male breadwinner serving in the war effort. Because so many of the men went to war, there was an enormous gap in employment, so the women started to replace the men. Images of women were used for propaganda campaigns to recruit men who were willing to be soldiers and fight in the war. The recruiters created the impression that the women were vulnerable, and they were usually depicted in the propaganda campaigns as desperate for the Australian soldiers to protect and defend them against the ‘evil’ Germans, known as ‘The Hun’. Women who had to farewell their husband, son, brother friend or father spent their
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