World War 1 played a significant part in developing women's political rights in both positive and negative ways. World War one may have foiled the drive by women to gain political rights just as much or even more so then it helped. Pre war women did have working opportunities though very little compared to men, as they were seen as weaker and that their place was in the "home". Their employment was limited to the domestic service (cleaning or working as a servant) and secretarial work and not manual labor in factories or working class women often worked in the textiles industry. Women were lower paid and were restricted to do less skilled work, as they were considered incompetent.
The role of women before war: Upper-class women did not work before the war and few worked after it. Working-class women, on the other hand, had to work to help keep their families. They worked before the war mostly in factories and in domestic services as maids. As many as 11% of all women worked as domestic servants before the war. The war gave them the chance to work in a greater variety of jobs but most of these new jobs were lost at the end of the war.
Do you agree with the view that, in terms of employment opportunities, women did not gain ‘any significant advantage from their wartime experience’? Many women, especially shorthand typists and munitions workers, earned for more than before the war and gained greater economic independence. Many women worked away from home were they experienced a sense of liberation from their restricted home lives. Trade unions initially opposed the dilution of labour but eventually recruited many more women. 350,000 women were in unions in 1914, but 600,000 by 1918.
Before World War one, working class women mostly did domestic jobs such as servants. However as men went/left for World War one, they left their jobs behind and women had to replace those. As well as this, after the World War one, women now had a political right, which was a big improvement/change for women as they now had higher wages but not as high as men’s. Positive side Several sources highlight the new opportunities and experiences that the Great War provided women. The following sources illustrate this change that many have considered a turning point in women’s history.
American Women in World War II: On the Home Front and Beyond American women played important roles during World War II, both at home and in uniform. Not only did they give their sons, husbands, fathers, and brothers to the war effort, they gave their time, energy, and some even gave their lives. Reluctant to enter the war when it erupted in 1939, the United States quickly committed itself to total war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. That commitment included utilizing all of America’s assets—women included. The Axis powers, on the other hand, were slow to employ women in their war industries.
Another challenge for women is how they are denigrated in the media and by men. One greatest abuse against women is the violence that still exists in the world. Women are currently being mistreated in many different ways in society. In their everyday lives, women are subjected to discrimination due to being a woman. In many work places, women are disadvantaged because they are not being selected for advancement in jobs.
In August 1940, only seven thousand women joined but with crisis caused by Hitler and his U-boats, now there was a need for more women to join the land army. In 1943 there was a shortage of workers in the factories, so the government gave the women their choice to work in the factories or on land. The women mainly had two big roles work in the factory or on the land. Both were successful during WWII, earning the women more respect for their work. Because of WWII women got better jobs and were treated more
The Progressive era was from the time period between about 1900 through 1920. During this time America saw many changes. This time period included massive immigration, rapid urbanization and industrialization like we have never seen before. Although women in this era still did not have the right to vote they played a large part in the progressive movements at the time. Women at this time worked to pass laws regarding housing and labor conditions.
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, she created interesting characters to review the ethical problems in the nineteenth century. A time when most women did not share the same rights as men in the general public. Many people were trying to fight for women’s rights including Mary’s parents, her husband and her friends. “Women’s rights, the plight of the laboring class, property distribution. Taxation and representation, home artisans versus factory industry, and the educational system were among the many targets of reform agitation in 1797, the year of Mary Shelly’s birth.” (Mary Lowe-Evans 3) Mary Shelley was lucky to be born into a family where both of her parents were well educated.
Industry played a key role in propelling the women suffrage movement because the jobs that were now being created were of domestic relevance. All kinds of female-oriented jobs were emerging and with these jobs also came female empowerment. It was considered socially unacceptable for a man to partake in domestic duties and these jobs served as the backbone for progressivism in the American industry by essentially giving women a “foot in the door” to revolutionizing the American industrial system as well as the political barbarisms that slowed progress in our society. Soon after the emergence of women in the workplace came a female political voice in American government. However, a female political voice proved much more difficult to