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How did the war change the lives of women?

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How did the war change the lives of women? World War I had a substantial impact on the lives of woman. They were no longer chattels to their husbands but they became capable to assert their own independence. Many aspects of women's lives changed, mainly due to their war effort. Women became stronger both mentally and physically as a result of the war. Their characters as well as their fitness were strengthened due to the hard labour work they undertook. These jobs were previously done by men, therefore they needed to have built stamina and the will to do hard work. ...read more.

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They were no longer apprehensive about their actions, which people tended to recognise. Women were more independent, and were no longer trying to become the idealistic feminine woman. Due to the affects of links in America they had adapted to a new lifestyle and were seen as different women compared to the women in the 19th Century. Womens' social life had expanded due to the world war. They were able to go outside alone without a chaperon guarding their moves. Drinking and smoking in public were no longer seen as taboo. Their fashion was also changed drastically. More practical clothing (i.e. ...read more.

Conclusion

Many women became munitions workers also known as canaries, which enabled them to earn large mounts of women. However this work was very unpleasant as it was dangerous and turned the workers' skin yellow, created a risk of having lung cancer and even made it hard for some women to have children. But never the less, women still carried out this job due to its high wages which shows that some women prioritised their income status rather than their health which shows how much changed economically. Therefore it can be seen that the war gave the women economic independence. It can be proved that women were influenced heavily by World War I. Their roles in society had been altered to make them more equal to men however politically nothing had officially changed. Priya Vora ...read more.

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