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WW2 opened a new chapter in the lives of women. As husbands and fathers were out fighting in the battlefield, women marched into factories, offices and military bases to work in paying jobs usually done by men in peacetime.

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David Bramall 10P GCSE History Coursework. Assignment 1.1. WW2 opened a new chapter in the lives of women. As husbands and fathers were out fighting in the battlefield, women marched into factories, offices and military bases to work in paying jobs usually done by men in peacetime. During WW1 women got a chance to show they could do mens jobs just as good as the men although the real break didnt come until WW2. During WW2 women got to actually prove themselves and this is one of the key factors of why todays society is how it is today. Women worked in a lot of places in the war in which normally it would have been seen has a womans place is in that of ...read more.

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Women got a lot of new opportunities during the war which included working in munition factories, being part of the armed forces and doing farming jobs. At the beginning of the war though all women were used for was propaganda to try and get men to join the armed forces but bit by bit they began to play a key role in the war. Women also were involved in The Womens Land Army. The land army involved doing everyday farming jobs eg haymaking, ploughing, harvesting and looking after the farm animals and by 1943 production had almost doubled. There was also the Grow Your Own Campaign to encourage people to grow crops and food, even the Tower of London's moat was used. ...read more.

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Not all women in factories were treated friendly for example one woman says "They eyed all newcomers suspiciously and were very unfriendly" ( page 6, Source A of assignment booklet) although this source might not be as accurate or could be biased because it does not state wether it is primary or secondary although it is most likely secondary because it states "From the experiences of....". Almost 50% of women between 14-59 years old did some form of war service. After the war ended most women were seen as competitors to the men on returning and a few women were kept on inplace of men. The impact of the Second World War was much greater than that of the first and should be regarded a key factor in the way everyday life is today. ...read more.

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