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The Suffragettes and the Struggle for Womens Right to Vote (Q. 4)

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4. Study sources F and G. How useful are these two sources as evidence for the contribution of women to the war effort in the years 1914-18? Sources F and G both provide useful evidence for women's contribution to the war effort during World War I. Sources F an G both seem to agree on the fact that the work that women did do during the war was both important and useful in all. Source F is a government posted produces in 1916. it is an advertisement dedicated to female munitions workers. Its aim is to get women to enroll as worked in the new factories that emerged during the run-up and beginnings of the war. The poster shows a smiling female factory worker in her work dress of protective clothing, and is tying back her hat. In the back ground, a large gun is shown, along with a soldier. ...read more.

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The table shows that there was a hugely dramatic increase in the number of women in employment following WWI. Women working in Govt. Offices went from a mere 2,00 to a huge 225,000, and women working in metal Industries went from 170,000 to a massive 594,000. This source is stating that women made a huge contribution to the war effort during WWI by creating the means for Britain to fight, helped run the country and make decisions, and lastly 'fed' the country. The different types of employment listed in the table seem to link back to the war, showing again, that women contributed greatly to the first World War, either directly or indirectly. Despite the statistics and what the sources say, the information they contain seems to be very limited. Aside from the 'high wages and freedom' that employment brought to women, there were als0 the drawbacks. ...read more.

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This proved to be true, as when the war ended, most women were sacked from their jobs and were replaced with the returning men. Overall sources F and G are only partially useful. They highlight the good side of women's contribution the war, and show how women did contribute. They fail to show, however, that although women did replace men in employment, it seems like it was for a limited time. The statistics shows numbers right at the end of the war, so it would have been just before the men did return. When women did work, they were faced with prejudice, sexism and were sacked from their jobs when men did come back from fighting in the war. Despite this, the sources are still partially useful as they do provide us with information on what and how women did contribute in the war, despite opposition. ...read more.

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