Women on the Home Front

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How Useful and reliable are these sources in explaining how the lives of women were affected by World War 1? During the infamous World War One, there were many drastic changes which occurred. In a way, the First World War acted as a catalyst for certain crucial events. For example, certain Generals (like Lord Kitchener) were removed (due to their incompetence) and many soldier deaths occurred, in result of this. However, an event that helped shape the future was the lives of women. For hundreds of years, women were down-graded and not deemed important. But, from the year 1914, the importance of women gradually kept increasing, resulting in women gaining new jobs, new responsibilities and a respectful place in society. In this essay, I will analyse five selected sources and determine whether the lives of women on the Home Front were greatly affected by the First World War. Firstly, employment for women throughout the war had a drastic improvement; many jobs became available for women to choose from. This was due to the gaps that men left in employment, after most of them went to war in 1914. Source A2 for example, clearly supports the interpretation that the number of jobs that women participated in increased from the years 1914 to 1918. This is because, the source is in the form of a bar graph which presents to bars, one representing the amount of women working in that job in 1914 and the other bar representing the amount of women working in that job in 1918. The types of employment included are Transport, Agriculture, Industry, Commerce, Civil Service, Hotels/Inns and Domestic Service). The bars show that the numbers of women working have increased from 1914 to 1918. This however, does not apply to Domestic Service because it appears that the numbers of women working have decreased. This is probably because more women were not satisfied with that job; therefore

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