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Describe the ways in which women's work in the home contributed to the war effort.

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1) Describe the ways in which women's work in the home contributed to the war effort. Women's role in the home played a large part in the war effort. They did this by ways such as rationing, evacuation and participating in campaigns like "Dig for Victory". Rationing was limiting the amount of food each household received during a shortage. It was first introduced at the end of world 1 and the government rationed food and essential supplies. From November 1941 the British adopted the German point system, where each food was assigned a points value and each person had 20 points to spend every week. Rationed goods included butter, bacon, sugar, meat, tea, margarine, petrol, cosmetics (except lipstick), clothes eggs and milk. ...read more.

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and the styles were very basic. Women were encouraged to wear utility suits (one-piece trouser suits) which were especially encouraged for use in shelters. Rationing helped the war effort because it meant less food had to be imported as less was being eaten so ships could be used for other things. Another way they helped was the 'Dig for Victory' campaign. This was introduced as food became more and more difficult to import and was made more appealing by rationing. The 'Dig for Victory' campaign encouraged the digging up of every available piece of land, park land and playing fields to grow food crops to support Britain. Even roadside verges were used to plant rows of potatoes. ...read more.

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This also freed space so less food had to be imported. If women did not work, they were encouraged to look after the children of those who did. The 12 hour shifts made it difficult to look after children and do the shopping so those that did not have jobs helped out the working mothers by shopping and childminding which allowed more women to work, helping the war effort. Evacuation involved moving children from cities that were likely to be bombed to the country which let more mothers work without the added hassle of worrying about child care. However, evacuation was not wildly approved of as many mothers did not want to leave their children to live with a stranger. ...read more.

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