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

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History - Roles of Women 1. Describe the employment opportunities of women in Britain in 1914 at the outbreak of war. At the outbreak of the war in 1914, there was not much involvement as people were sceptical. They did not believe the war would go on for such a long time and cause mass casualties so they went about their everyday lives with women doing the jobs they have been doing. In 1914, women were not treated very well and were known as the lower class of society. They were not treated equally to men and they were not allowed to vote and so the men became dominant. ...read more.

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This was also a lot more than the job with the highest male workers, which was metal manufacture (1795). But women were still paid less than men; even if they did the same jobs as them. Also domestic service was a very difficult and tiring job as it suggests in a survey produced in 1916 by the Women's Industrial Council "I rise early and am at work all day long...I get out for but a few hours once a week", this shows that women in domestic service found it degrading and did not have much of a social life. From a survey by Edward Canterbury, Cecile Matheson and George Shann, Women's work and wages. ...read more.

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It is suggested from source A that women hated their jobs in the domestic service as the woman quotes "hated every minute of it". She explained that she would earn very little wages but work very long hours. Also having a job in domestic service was very degrading for women as they were not treated like people. In conclusion, women did jobs in domestic service, commerce, textiles, clothing and food and drink. These jobs gave low wages to women and did not require much skill or education. Men did jobs in metal manufacture, transport, agriculture, building and mine and quarries and women were not expected to do jobs like these because it required heavy labour whereas their jobs did not so people thought that women can only do those jobs and men can only do these jobs. 01/05/2007 Histoy Coursework Kunal Khanna 10WN ...read more.

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