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Describe the employment opportunities of women in Britain in 1914 at the outbreak of war.

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Describe the employment opportunities of women in Britain in 1914 at the outbreak of war. Women did not really have many jobs before the war started in 1914. Women were not permitted to have jobs because if they were married their loyalties ran with their husbands. This also applied if they had a child. The women's job was to make sure that the house was nice, clean and tidy for their husband to come back to and they had to cook all of the meals. Overall in life the women were expected to do all of this. They had to accept that they could not go to work; it was the job of their husband. ...read more.

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In the sweated trade women were often paid 'piece rate' for the amount of items that they made in a week. The men expected the women to give up their jobs once they became married. This is because the men did not think that it was acceptable to send their wives out to work. Most women had to have jobs as domestic helpers because their husbands did not bring in enough money for them to survive on altogether so they needed to earn extra money for food. Not all of this money came form completing domestic services; they had to have other jobs as well because the earnings were not that high for women. ...read more.

Conclusion

Most women who worked in these places were often middle class whereas the working class worked in a factory or domestic services. Women's job opportunities were far more limited in the range of jobs that they could do compared with men. This was because women did not get a chance to become educated very well, as at the age of twelve they had to leave school. The reason why they had to leave school was because in life they would not get very far and so therefore did not need the education. After women had left school they went straight into domestic service because the pay was low and so many other women wanted to have the same job. ...read more.

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