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How far did World War 1 change the role and status of women?

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How far did World War 1 change the role and status of women? World War 1, In many people's opinion possibly one of the most influential incidents on the changing role and status of women to this day. In this essay I will attempt to go through all the major issues and make a conclusion on weather I think World War 1 Changed the role and status of women and weather it affects us to this day. Before the war women were treated with much of a stereotypical attitude. The "typical" woman was one who stayed in the home, cooked cleaned and looked after there children. Some women worked...well if u can call making matches and clothes pegs work and this was only for the lucky 11%. Many men felt that if a woman did not stay at home and look after the children they were looked down on by there "friends". So even if a woman could find an employer willing to hire them outside of there home many men would not allow it. Women accepted this as it was how there mothers and there mothers before that had been treated. There was also a very stereotypical dress pattern fro women they were expected to wear nothing revealing. They had to wear high collars, long skirts and girdles. But women did not complain about this it was considered the norm. Women were deprived off all sorts of rights before the war. The right to vote, No legal rights, no right to money children or property and again this was accepted throughout society. ...read more.


I think this shows that men were very set in there pre-war ways. Women who did work during the war were not paid as much as pre war munitions workers. They were at most on 1/3 of there pay. During the war it was made quite clear to the women that as soon as the men came back the women would lose there jobs as Source 7 shows. But why did women work if there were so poor conditions and such a disheartening work place? Source 8 shows how before the war women had poor earnings and long hours. Whereas during the war it was...well still long hours and poor working conditions but there was a lot more money and more benefits such as accommodation. The government recommended �1 a week for war working females, nearly twice as much as pre-war working females. Many women felt that war work was a way out of poverty. Many women earned as much as �5 a week and sometimes more. Women became "rich" buying such things as new clothes silk stockings and white fox fur. They also started buying unessential items such as pianos and Paintings Source 9 backs this up. Many Factory owners started to realise that women were benefiting from the war work. The kinds of things that women were benefiting from were the things like organised entertainment and Working with other women. Also the factory owners also realised that the women's children were benefiting from it, the women were getting more money so they had more money to feed their children source 10 backs this up. ...read more.


She later rote Source 14 I think she tries to say that violence was a good way to get publicity but not a good way to get women portrayed. Women and Politics. In 1918 the representation of the people act which gave women over the age of 30 and were householders or married to householders the right to vote, was quickly followed by another change in electoral laws. The eligibility of women act in 1918 gave women the right to be elected as members of parliament. Later the Equal Franchise act reduced the voting age of women from 30 to 21 and scrapped the householders rule. But did getting the vote change opportunities for women? Source 15 shows that since the Eligibility of Women act more and more women have become MP's so I think that the laws have definitely given women more opportunities. But again did the government do anything to improve the lives of women? Source 16 shows the acts of parliaments introduced during the first years after the women were given the vote. I think this shows that women' status has definitely gone up since the start of the war. So in conclusion I find that The war has been a huge influence on women' lives to this day without women's war work they would not have got he vote and without the vote women may still be seen the same way. So I find that in my opinion the war has definitely influenced every aspect of women' life to this day. ...read more.

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