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Source F is an advertising poster looking for female help. Before the war it was difficult for women to find these sorts of opportunities, it was extremely rare. This was an opportunity for women

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"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 1914-1918?" Source F is an advertising poster looking for female help. Before the war it was difficult for women to find these sorts of opportunities, it was extremely rare. This was an opportunity for women to contribute to what was usually predominantly a male dominated profession. Women were now allowed to take part in other areas such as industry. Before the outbreak of the First World War women were considered second-class citizens. Due to the lack of munitions on the battlefield, the government was forced to change its views quickly as help was required. The date of this poster is 1916; this was during the Battle of the Somme. ...read more.

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By definition propaganda suits the government to attract whatever sort of attention they desire. This immediately tells us it is unreliable as it is a way for the government to get what they need. It is also unreliable as the woman in the poster is attractive and positive about the work she is doing. It is obvious that all workers would not be as attractive and positive about working as she is. This is another method used to get as many women to sign up as possible. The source is also useful in other ways though. This poster could be considered a turning point as women were being encouraged to fill the roles of the absent men. This was the first time that the government was allowing the women to do this. ...read more.

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The government had to freeze all prices and wages. More and more women came on to the payroll as the demand for typists, telephonists, secretaries, and clerks was required. Overall source G supports source F as it is proof that source F was a success. It illustrates that women did respond to the cry out from the government. Women did then really contribute to the war effort and showed a real sense of responsibility. The only thing about source G that can be considered unreliable is that it reveals statistics to us from the years 1914 and 1918 and source F is a poster from 1916. This means that that it is more than likely that there were other factors involved in women becoming involved in the war effort. It is still likely that source F played a large roll in getting women involved during the war. ...read more.

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