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The role of Women during the War
Transcript of The role of Women during the War
the war Political Changes Changes During the War How changes affected
women's role in society factory workers during the war In the war, some women were able to work and/or volunteer as nurses or ambulance drivers.
Women at home were forced to take on traditional roles of men, due to their absence and financial matter that needed to be taken care of.
Many women felt that it was an obligation to step in. Some thought that it could potentially increase the possibility in suffrage, thus giving an advantage for the suffragists.
This opportunity gave them a chance to prove themselves as strong independent women who are capable of doing critical work. Women were serving in the war; taking working in factories
and offices, taking care of families while the men were overseas,
and working in voluntary organizations that supported the war effort
As men went to war, jobs were unoccupied:
There were many different roles that women were apart of;
-2000 enlisted as nurses
-30 000 worked in munition factories
-1000 worked for the Royal Air Forces
-6000 were employed in the Civil Service
Despite women's contributions to the war, it was still in many ways a 'man's world'
Women's suffrage became a problem; they demanded change after
a sense of worth
They all fought for equality http://www.canadahistoryproject.ca/1914/1914-08-women-vote.html
Women were contributing and providing lots of help and the suffrage groups could no longer be ignored and excluded from the political decision-making.
By 1917, those who were the mothers, sisters, or wives of any soldier were granted the Wartime Elections Act, meaning that they were the only ones who were able to vote.
When the war ended in 1919, women who were over the age of 21 were allowed to vote.
However, aboriginal women and men, asians, and other immigrants were not granted the right to vote. After the War Many women lost their jobs when the men came back
There was no more comparison between women and men jobs
The huge duty that women played helped women get the right to vote:
-Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan gave women the right to vote in 1916
-Ontario and British Columbia in 1917
-Nova Scotia in 1918
-New Brunswick followed in 1919
-Prince Edward Island came in last in 1922
This is a very important to women because what happens affects both men and women.
Women earned the right to vote and their hard work during the war is appreciated
on the home front and also at war scenes.
Women were finally considered people. Had took over the roles of men; some became farm workers (4$/week)
All money earned handed over woman's husband or mother
Women wanted political rights like men
wanted the right to vote
didn't get a good education
Women were being ordered by men all the time
Some were nursing sisters that worked in unsanitary and dangerous nursing stations
Who didn't work, spent countless hours knitting socks or putting together care packages for war charities
At home, women made "war bread" with only 20% flour substitutes