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How useful and reliable are these sources in explaining how womans lives were affected by World War I?

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How useful and reliable are these sources in explaining how woman?s lives were affected by World War I? In the First World War millions of people died as the Allies, consisting mainly of Great Britain, France and Russia fought the Central Powers, who included Germany and Austria-Hungary. Women?s lives in Britain, on the Home Front, were changed significantly by the First World War. Some of these changes shaped woman?s standing for the following decades while other changes were not permanent or worsened their position in British society. The following five sources all contain individual information about how woman?s lives were affected during the years of 1914-1918 and the years afterwards. Women replaced male soldiers after the start of World War 1. Women were very far away from equal status to men also the activities of the Suffragettes, who despite having the simple aim of giving better rights, often who often angered politicians with their demonstrations; this is supported by Source A1. Source A1 also informs us of the gaps created in employment due to the war. We are made aware of the fact that after the war women had proved themselves to be equally capable as men. The Suffragettes, primarily led by Emmeline Pankhurst often organized many forms of protests in order to gain the vote but called off the proceeding due to the outbreak of the Great War. ...read more.


If not for other evidence we could not have confirmed that women had worked excessively everywhere in the country during the war by this photograph meaning it is not particularly useful unless it is with other sources. Often women looked at the positive aspects of female employment, such as the woman in Source A7 who starts by saying ?Earning high wages??. This proves that she considers women in work to be positive despite many flaws and in-equality in the process. She continues with this theme and goes on to say about the extra income funding ?clothes? and ?bracelets and jewellery?. Coming towards the end she explains her verdict is too spend her money in case she is ?blown to the sky? . The author was probably an upper-class woman though which introduces an element of controversy as she was likely not to have known much about the reality for women, such as women in Source A8, especially women with families and lower-class not educated women. In reality many women earned only about 150p a week, a long way from the 5 pound stated in the poem. Many women also had families to care for therefore leaving little or no money for personal use and were often denied jobs because of their gender especially in the first year of the war and before the coalition in parliament. ...read more.


Source A1 tells of women being given political representation and women proving they were just as important to the war effort as men. Source A10 undermines this by revealing the truth, which was the fact that even though the women had been just as important, come the end of the war they were nearly back to the start as they were kicked out of their jobs and many were soon on benefits or working in domestic service. Source A10 is written by an author of history school textbooks meaning it is likely to be well researched therefore unbiased and reliable, as it is for GCSE students to use, this implies it is completely trustworthy. This source is particularly useful as it contributes to the vast information about the Great War and helps people?s understanding of life in the country at the time. 1910?s and 1920?s society was riddled with in-justice highlighted by the fact that the very same women that were praised were now criticized and by the 1920?s domestic service employment rose by 200,000, a sign of the lost hope. At this point, despite being granted the vote, it was really 3 steps forward, 2 steps back for the women of Britain. As the heroics of the FANY?s and people like Flora Sandes became a distant memory women all over Britain were soon ?handing in their notice?. These 5 sources are all helpful in different ways with varying reliability and they all provide information about the woman?s lives in World War 1 and how they changed. (1471) ...read more.

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