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In this answer I will say how the two wars affected women, which will mainly be about jobs.

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In this answer I will say how the two wars affected women, which will mainly be about jobs. I will show the women's fight for the vote that will include suffragettes, the suffrage committees and the outcome of there campaign. I will briefly discuss flappers, I will then discus jobs and that will include the different types of jobs, and which jobs were popular at which time. Finally I will write about money and then health. The First World War saw many women going to work outside the home for the first time. The attraction was money, because men's jobs were always better paid than women's job. Most women went to munitions factories to get work even though it was unpleasant and often dangerous. During the Second World War conscription was extended to women but usually those aged 19-24. More and more women were being employed but still more remained as housewives. Most women disliked the war because it brought hard times but others enjoyed the new freedoms it brought even if they disliked the work they had to do. ...read more.


Women had many jobs during the 70 years. In the early part of the century very few women worked at all. Those who did work worked in the domestic service and the textile industry. Most women first entered work during the First World War when they worked in munitions factories, or as nurses, drivers or clerical workers. After the war men came back and women were deprived of their jobs but some women did get jobs outside in clerical work, teaching and nursing. The Second World War employed many women in industry, the armed forces and civil defence. After the Second World War the returning soldiers once again forced women out of the work that they had occupied. Some women found work as clerks and typists in the local and national government offices of the welfare state while the demand for teachers and nurses increased: there were 7,198 women doctors and 549 women dentists in 1945. As prosperity returned to Britain in the 1950s and unemployment fell, more women began to work. Source L shows statistics for women's occupations. Domestic service decreased rapidly between 1931-1951 because it wasn't a very nice job and there were other nicer jobs to be had. ...read more.


In 1948 the National Health Service (NHS) was set up. This meant free health care for everyone no matter how well off you were, the funds for this came from general taxation. In the 1960s the first effective contraceptive pill was made available, this was a big change when 60-70 years earlier some women had no chance of even getting to see a doctor. During those 70 years women had changed a lot, at the start of the century they had no rights, no health care, and no money. By 1970 women had the right to vote on the same terms as men, they could go out to work with equal pay to men, everyone had better health care with it being free for all, the contraceptive pill was introduced giving women control of their sex life instead of relying on the men, and some women even found prosperity with money to spend on fashion. The two world wars made men rely on women to do their jobs this gave men a higher opinion of women because they were able to do the same jobs just as well as men. In the end women inevitably got equal status to men. ...read more.

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