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"Source A is propaganda and, therefore, it is of little use as evidence about the importance of women in the First World War." Do you agree or disagree?

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1 "Source A is propaganda and, therefore, it is of little use as evidence about the importance of women in the First World War." Do you agree or disagree? Explain your answer, using Source A and your own knowledge. Source A is the cover from a wartime magazine called "The War-Worker". The woman in the drawing is wearing trousers, has short or tied back hair and is wearing a uniform, like the man. This shows how the situation changed for some women during the war - some were employed It is very useful as an example of propaganda. The picture shows men and women in equality: the woman is the same height as the man in the picture; she mirrors his stance; they both have one foot on a platform, and they both carry a flag. The list of contents also shows the rising importance of women, as it shows that women wrote at least two of the articles. The clouds in the background give a heavenly, glamorous image, and there are no gruesome pictures or stories about the fighting. This magazine was published in June 1917, after horrendous Allied losses at the Somme and Verdun the previous year, and after Passchendaele earlier in the year. ...read more.

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This photo is limited because it only shows one moment in time at one particular place, however, seeing women working became increasingly common as the war went on, and the numbers of women working increased overall by 23% between July 1914 and July 1918. The transport sector was remarkable because although it had the lowest number of women working in it, there was a huge increase of 544%, from 18,200 to 117,200 in the four years. Many women benefited from working, despite the long hours and hard conditions, as they gained freedom, independence and money. "War work proved to be a great leap forward for British women" Do Sources A to G provide enough evidence to prove this interpretation to be true? Explain your answer using all the Sources and your own knowledge. During the First World War, women were accepted as workers for the first time, as they were given jobs that belonged to the men who went to fight. There was an even greater need for women workers after 1916, when conscription was introduced and all men between 18 and 51 had to serve in the armed forces, taking them away from their regular jobs. ...read more.

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However, this was also produced to encourage women to work and it is not reliable as I explained in (4). Source G also supports the idea of a great leap, and it is praising women for doing their share. However, it also says that they can do it in times of crisis, which implicates that the author thought that they were only temporary changes. However, this was produced as propaganda and it is not reliable as I explained in (3). Source D also shows us that there were women workers in the war, but it shows how little their social positions changed as they were subject to hostility and sometimes sabotage from their male co-workers. However this source is not reliable as I explained in (3). Source C tells us that there were women worker in the war, although it says that, in this person's experience, they were prone to striking. However, it is not reliable as I explained in (2). During the war, war work gave women an opportunity to taste independence and to demonstrate that they were equally capable to work as men were. Despite these great wartime changes, after the war the situation mainly returned to what it had been before the war. but women had been able to demonstrate ...read more.

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