In this week’s #WWWednesday post, we take a look at a great BBC online resource that explores the role of women in WWI. And it’s not a trick question: we ourselves were surprised and impressed with just how much women did for the war effort, both on the Home Front and abroad.
As casualties mounted and the Army’s demand for men increased, thousands of women entered the workplace and civil life, taking up positions as tram drivers, postmen, window cleaners, bank clerks, and agricultural workers, which was to prove one of the Great War’s most enduring social changes. As WWI historian Dr Krystina Roberts says: “…women’s extensive war participation helped convince politicians and the public about their suitability for citizenship, leading to full enfranchisement in 1928. Furthermore, many women developed new skills, self-confidence and contacts in their war jobs and were able to capitalise on these gains after the war in terms of greater freedoms both at work and in personal relationships.”
So let’s take a moment amongst all the various commemorative events to remember just how much women did contribute to the war effort, and the many ways in which the impact of this is still felt in our lives today. Bravo, ladies!
Want to know more? The National Archives also has a brilliant collection related to women and the war.
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