The Lives of Women on the Home Front Were Greatly Affected by Ww1

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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. Many were in the search for work and wanted to help in the war effort. The introduction of conscription in 1916 led to an increase in the number of women employed in all sectors of the economy. Women gained access to a whole range of jobs that had been previously preserved for men and many questioned whether women were fit to do the work. Although women proved themselves to be hard working and just as capable of doing work as the opposite gender, many also struggled due to the work being dangerous and the poor safety regulations at the time, as source A8 shows. This source supports the change in women and proves women to be doing, what is seen as, masculine jobs although it shows the negative impact it has on women. The source shows women to be working long hours in dangerous conditions, so much that women would have to exclude themselves from work to recover due to the fumes of the ‘dope paint’, this proving the extremely poor safety regulations. This source shows how the lives of women were affected by the war but not all in a positive way and in fact there were
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