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What Changes Occurred For Women Between The 1850's and WW1?

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What Changes Occurred For Women Between The 1850's and WW1? During the First World War, opportunities for women had been greatly changed. They had the chance to prove to the world that women were just as capable as men were when it comes to work. They gained many things such as new jobs, the vote, respect and freedom. However, what was life like for women before WW1 and 2? This essay will cover the changes that occurred in their favour between the 1850's and WW1. Before the 1850's education for women was poor compared to men's education. The young women who could afford an education were taught non-academic subjects such as sewing, embroidery, singing and deportment. Women were taught this type of subject so that they could become perfect wives. On the other hand men were taught subjects like science, maths, history and geography. This meant it was hard for women to find work because, as they were not well educated, people thought they were less intelligent than men were. ...read more.


In 1858 a magazine or journal was published and written by women. Not only did this give women something to look forwards to, but it also encouraged women to think for themselves. Things like that magazine brought new confidence for women and helped writers, journalists and others broaden their opportunities. Magazines and publishers were not the only things to help to inspire women. In 1868 Florence Nightingale opened a training hospital for nurses. Not only did this show others that she was successful, but she also made it acceptable for the middle class women to go into nursing. Beforehand, middle class women would either not have a job, or have a job like secretarial work or shop work, which are fairly respectable, nondescript occupations. It reflected the idea that women were not able to have more demanding, interesting work. Florence Nightingale managed to change that opinion which resulted in women having better job opportunities. ...read more.


For anyone this would be emotionally and financially devastating, so this act really was a big step forwards. It broke the seemingly endless cycle of women wanting more rights, but not having the right to voice their opinions. Their only way out was for men to intervene, as they had the ability to do something about the predicament. However, this was easier said than done. Men had the general opinion that women should be seen and not heard. They saw women as endless child bearers and convenient when it came to housework or being put on a pedestal. When women tried to express their opinions they were often dismissed or shunned out of society. In conclusion, the changes that occurred for women between the 1850s and WW1 were substantial, women started to get better jobs, pay, home-life and they were given more respect. However there was still room for improvement, as their society was nowhere near equal opportunities for women or for people who were of a different race. Cara Roberts 10/11C ...read more.

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