Women and Work in World War I
By: Haya Kalai
Women all around the world were taken for granted for many years, but when the first world war started.. that all changed.
Women, before the war, were thought to be useless outside the household.
Before the First World War, the traditional female role in western countries was confined to the domestic sphere, though not necessarily to their own homes, and to certain types of jobs.
In Great Britain for example, just before World War I, of the approximately 24 million adult women, around 1.7 million worked in domestic service, 800,000 worked in the textile manufacturing industry, 600,000 worked in the clothing trades, 500,000 worked in commerce, and 260,000 worked in local and national government, including teaching. The British textile and clothing trades, in particular, employed far more women than men and were regarded as 'women's work'.
They obviously were given the jobs you could teach a child to do, and didn't do anything about it, until they were aware that they weren’t taken seriously when everyone had to in World War I.
Canada. Women suffered in search of jobs while their sons, husbands, and brothers were off at war. It was tragic. Waiting for a loved one to come, and earning money. Obviously they had a great deal of responsibility, contributing in the war, but not only in regular jobs, but jobs that helped their country in war as well. They were trained to be nurses. Help out the wounded, and care for them. 3000 were trained by the Red Cross, Voluntary Aid Detachment, and St. John Ambulance. 33 lost their lives going to the war site and back. 200 got medals for their bravery. The other women that didn’t nurse took over the men-at-war's jobs, staying in Canada. Some did it because they felt like they owed their country enough to lend a hand in the war, and others, just because they wanted to satisfy their sense of adventure. Some worked...
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