Women wanted the same working rights as men, and they fought hard for it. Suffragettes stoped their campaign of violence and supported the government and its war effort in every way. The work done by women in the First World War was to be vital for Britain's war effort. Even though women gained the right to vote shortly after the war, its argued that the war wasn’t really the cause of giving women this right. After all, in countries such as New Zealand (1893), Australia (1901), Finland (1906) or Norway (1913) women got the vote before the war began, whereas others such as Denmark (1915), Iceland (1915), Holland (1917) or Sweden (1919) gave it to women during the war without being involved in it.
I believe that this is an important issue in our country that would help many others as well once women achieve their rights. Women are a large part of our population and deserve to have the same rights as men. Women are expected to stay home and take care of children and their homes but they also see many of our country’s problems in a different light. She sees these problems firsthand and cannot do anything about them (Doc C.) Women are stuck in in unsafe living conditions and are feeding their families with unsafe food. If women can not vote for rights, they can not help to fix the things others do not see.
As Gail Collins states in his book When Everything Changed “Most girls grew up without ever seeing a woman doctor, lawyer, police officer, or bus driver” (Collins A.W 7). Working made women realized that they were capable of doing the same kind of jobs that men were doing and it gave them the strength necessary to fought for their interests like a workers' compensation or health care benefits. In the present women enjoy of those benefits
All of them carried documents of recommendation provided by reputable persons, when they sailed to Virginia to become prospective wives for the unhappy settlers (Ransome, 1991). These young women had nothing in common with the abandoned vagrant children and skills which made them desirable as wives; many were good with thread and needle, some, fine needlework, weaving, lace making, knitting, button-making, brewing, baking, spinning, cheese and butter
The lives of women on the Home Front were greatly affected by World War I The lives of women were greatly affected by the war, mainly in a positive way in the long run. Before the war upper-class women did not work, in contrast working class women worked in professions such as maids or working in factories as a way to provide for their families. Statistics show that as many as 11% of women worked as domestic servants before the war. The war also helped the social status of women dramatically in a positive manner as well as giving women the chance to work in a greater variety of jobs, although after the war they were expected to return to their original traditional housewife role. When the war broke out in August 1914, thousands of women lost their jobs in dressmaking, millenary and jewellery making.
Women in Nazi Germany were to have a very specific role. Hitler’s ideas were very clear about this. This role was that they should be good mothers, taking care of children at home while their husbands worked. Hitler saw no reason why a woman should work. His mother, who was caring mother who had protected the young Hitler from brutal father, influenced Hitler’s views about women.
World War Two required women in the munitions factories and as land girls which due to the shortage of men gave, women a definite place in the working environment, and the argument of women being incapable was now of no consequence. Another huge landmark in feminism was the abolition of the property law that stated that women could not own property; all property would be their husband's or father's. Previous to this in the 60s the birth control pill helped liberate women by giving them highly effective control over their own fertility. As the 60s progressed, the women's liberation movement gained momentum. Later in the 60s the sex discrimination act was put in place, making it illegal to discriminate against someone on the grounds of their gender.
Gender Roles Changing in The Last Century Women have come a long way from being confined by the idealized image society held them to. The routine by which all women must live or deny their femininity and stand up for what they wish to do in life. From the necessity to only be the housewife, mother, and wife in which they must be cooking, cleaning, washing, and bearing children they have now become bread winners just like the men and can provide for their families if they choose to and not because that is how society sees it. If a woman would like to break out of being the housewife and work then she shall do so! Women in the work place began with World War I, around 1914.
Women have always been held higher in expectations than men, when it comes to parenting. Men are often looked at as the provider, while women are the care-givers and the parent that exposes her child to different things. In 1963Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique, this book discussed the “silent problem about women questioning whether being a mother and housewife was all there was to life.” In this book she also discussed that women with “college education were not allowed to use their knowledge in the workplace, but that they were groomed to be assets too their husbands.” (Jones 2014 p.3) This created the society we live in now, women in generations ahead of us groomed us to be women to stay home and provide a stable home for our husbands. However, why are we judged for not wanting to work and be good mothers? In the United States when tragedies happen and a murderer is convicted the very first thing the media looks into is the child’s early life.
Women of the 1800’s were not formally educated, and were expected to be housewives and to rear their children while maintaining domestic chores in order (Flanders 92). Florence Nightingale changed that, and in doing so, she served as an example of a woman breaking out of the societal expectations of the Victorian Age. As the founder of modern nursing, she gave nursing a more prestigious and professional title. People learned to respect nurses and everything they did in order to save lives, especially in times of war (Johnson 127-128). Florence Nightingale, a strong and determined woman ahead of her time, was greatly influential in her life-long efforts toward making significant improvements in the medical field.