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Evaluate the impact of the First World War on the social, economic and political position of women.

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Evaluate the impact of the First World War on the social, economic and political position of women. Women had many positions to uphold before the First World War, socially, economically and politically There were many rules that women had to follow. When they went out, whether they were on a date or no, they had to be fully clothed. No part of their body could be seen apart from their face. There was also no make up allowed. If they were out on date, they had to have a chaperone with them at all times to make sure they didn't get up to anything. This was usually an aunt. Another social rule women had was that if they went out swimming, their swimming costumes had to cover their arms and legs. Some women even went into the pool in a carriage. Once they were in the pool, only then would they get out to go for a swim. They would do the same when they wanted to get out again. One of the other stereotypical views of women in the society was that women should stay at home and look after the children. Only some of the working class went out to work. If women did go out to work, then they could only work in certain areas, such as domestic service and domestic system. ...read more.

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This also caused an increase in the number of women working in the food and drink industries. During the war, the women were also able to develop more confidence. This was because of the jobs they did and the money they earned. The money enabled them to be able to buy anything they wanted to. There were no restrictions as the men were not there. The clothes they wore no longer had to cover every part of their body, e.g. they did have to wear gloves, which covered their arms. They could also wear sleeveless swimming costumes and make up as well. They could smoke and drink as much as they wanted as well. Because of the jobs they did, they got some of their respect back from people and people began to support their campaigns for women's right to vote again. But in 1915, the government realised that they had a problem. The voting system demanded that the person who was voting should have lived in the country for at least 12 months before voting. However, all the men were away fighting, so they couldn't vote, therefore this was a problem. So, the government decided to change the law so that the soldiers got a vote as well. The women then saw their opportunity and began to put pressure on the government for their right to vote. ...read more.

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They started to talk to the government about getting the vote. The government, because they didn't want to start up the violence again, they gave the vote to enough women but not all women, so it wouldn't start the violence up again. However, there were also other reasons why women got the vote. One of them was because of the suffragettes and suffragists campaigns for the suffrage of women. As soon as the war started, the suffragettes and suffragists suspended their campaign. This showed that they were selfish. They also did this because they wanted to show that they could contribute to their country. Before the war, the campaigns had almost persuaded the government to change the law and give women the vote, but a dangerous outbreak of violence towards the end of 1911 changed people's minds. However, throughout the war they gained their support back again, through their jobs and their support. Socially, their position had improved and they were now given much more freedom. The only disadvantage was that after the war, women went backwards economically. This was because they lost the jobs that they had had during the war as the men had come back. So they were jobless, as they were before the war. Overall, I think that the war was the most important contribution in changing the position of women, socially, politically and economically for a little while. However, I think that the suffragettes and suffragists campaign helped a lot as well. 1 ...read more.

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