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The position of the women have been changing through the centuries. At the beginning of the human race they were always considered to be different, with a lower value, than a man. But this was about to change. One great event was about to come to show the society, that woman are being underestimating. The World War I was a global war at the beginning of the 20th century that affected lives of people all around the world. Even in those parts that were not physically touched by cruel battles and remorseless struggles with many losses of life. Men were sent to fight for their nations on the warfronts and their families left at home under constant fear of an insecure future. From this point of ...view middle of the document...

Of course that there were society unions who were not satisfied with the growing number of woman employees, but the progress was unstoppable by now. The women was already seen not only as a mother and wife, but their roles had been different now. They became part of the war to help the British nation. And this was quite challenging because they were now expected to take over the men roles and still keep theirs. As a fact should be pointed out, that the wages were much lower than for the male workers, but must be considered, that sometimes one man had to be replaced by a few women. And by the year 1931 the level of woman’s wages had returned to the pre-war situation, which was quite discriminating. With the end of the war most of the women were aware of the end of employment, but at the same time the problem with the closer of day nursery had turned up. This would provoke an anger towards the women, so the solution was following: the single women and the widowed would get the priority right to be employed, while the married women would stay at home taking care about their families. This was a compromise, which gave quiet stable calmness within working society.

Another successful step that is related to the period of the World War I is the progress in women’s politics. The vote is considered to be a primary base for the politics. Although the suffrage movement began barely fifty years ago, their attempt to get the voting right for women was demanding. In 1914 the attitude towards women had changed. It has begun with the suffrage prisoners’ release, continuing for example with a rise of another British organization ruled by the woman The Woman’s International League for Peace and Freedom. By 1918 the government decided that it is the right time to announce the elections. But a one big problem had showed up. The men could only vote if they were living in the country for a period of one year, and this was impossible in the case of soldiers who were serving overseas. This was the moment that the Parliament had to make a step, which was reversal for the suffragists. They had a strong argument in the form of women who worked during the war and that is, what would convince the contemporary Liberal leader, Herbert Henry Asquith, to give the vote to most women in Britain. Although the women did not get the same voting rights as man until 1928, but this can be considered as very good beginning, because until then the women always stood outside of the politics.

Final point to be made is about the response of the society and the role of British women within not only society, but the family. The general view of the early 20th century women was primarily in a role of wife and a mother. The women’s job was to take care of...

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