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The Changing Role & Status of Women

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Introduction

The Changing Role & Status of Women

Question 1 – Describe the employment opportunities of women in Britain in 1914 at the outbreak of war.

At the outbreak of WWI, women’s working opportunities were limited. Fewer than 5.9 million women out of a population of 23.7 million females were employed in working conditions. The most common form of employment for a woman was as a domestic servant – around 1.

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Most employed women were not given respect and were, for the most part, treated unequally. It was difficult for women to rise above the blatant sexism in the previous all-male environment of a workplace when the few opportunities that they had were those of a low station (listed above).

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Conclusion

Women working in the textiles industry could only supervise the spinning and weaving machines. They did this job with skill equal to, or maybe even above that of a man, but the male workers still filled most of the senior posts. As has been previously mentioned, the pay for women was much lower than that of a man.

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