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Women working in WW1. Source D is a picture of women working in a munitions factory, the picture is taken by a factory owner. The picture shows two women looking very miserable whilst they work.

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Women working in WW1 In my view Source E helps you to understand the importance of women's employment in covering the shortfall of men in the work place. Source D, although showing women at work, does not show the same level of importance but gives an impression of how they put up with poor working conditions and the threat of unemployment at the conclusion of the war. Source D is a picture of women working in a munitions factory, the picture is taken by a factory owner. The picture shows two women looking very miserable whilst they work. There could be two reasons for this, one is that the conditions are very poor, the walls are dirty and the windows smashed. ...read more.

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It's my opinion that Source D could be connected to an early women's rights movement. The information given by Source D supports unfair treatment of women and a lack of equality, this type of evidence was common of the Pankhurst family and other women's rights movements. Source E is a poster produced by the government, its purpose is to encourage women in taking over the role performed mainly by men. It would make women feel as though they should be part of the war effort. Conversely, those who didn't take part may be humiliated by other women supporting the war. From the poster and its encouraging words the government presents a slightly glamorous, inviting and enticing picture. Sadly, the government haven't been completely honest in avoiding any mention of factory conditions, long hours and dangerous work. ...read more.

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The reliability of Sources D and E are different, looking at the reliability of a picture (Source D) you cannot tell if it is true or not, firstly there is no date showing on the picture, although we can't see the back, but secondly we do not know if it is staged or not because again we can't see a date. Also looking at a picture we know it is private which makes out no one wants to see it i.e. the government. Where as Source E is poster which 1) is advertised for the public eye, so to get people to see and 2) they make it seem like women are enjoying their time at work because the woman is smiling and enjoying her time when actually they're not, the government would use this as a propaganda report to 'recruit' more temporary women workers. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jake Langton History H/W ...read more.

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