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The Effects Of World War Ii On Lives Of Women On Britain's Home Front

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The Effects of World War II on Lives of Women on Britain's Home Front

During the second world war, women were affected a great deal as there
were not many men around as they were all at war and so women living
in Britain had to do their bit to keep all of the children, living in
Britain safe and well. Women were affected in many ways, socially,
physically, emotionally, economically and in other ways as well. This
lead to many different hardships, opportunities, problems and also it
had an affect on the social status of general life for women living in
Britain in the second world war. Women were affected depending on
where they lived, how old they were and their social class, and I am
going to investigate into these factors to determine as to what extent
women’s lives were affected.

The work women had to do would increase a tremendous amount, they
needed to be doing as much as possible in factories and warehouses, to
keep the men on the war front with enough ammunition and supplies for
the war. There were many jobs around and women were always encouraged
to help. In source A3 it shows how a women is asking people to come
into the factories and in it is also planes behind her, just to remind
people who are viewing the poster that their loved ones are out at
war, this has most probably come from the government as they are
asking people to help with the factory work and it is to make people
want to work in a factory to help the men fighting. I do not think
that this poster would have been as effective as others because I do
not think it gives any emotion and motivation. I think that the source
is reliable as the time it was made is at the time of war but, I think
that it is trying to show that working in the factories will be fun
and exciting, when really it could have been dangerous and boring, and
to someone who did not know about the affect that women were having on
the home front, they would be mistaken and lead into thinking that
life was easy for them.

There were many different jobs in which women could have had a role in
such as, Land Army, Evacuation, Canteens, Auxiliary Fire Service
(AFS), Hospital Services, Nursing Auxiliaries and the ARP. These many
jobs had different posters and propaganda works for them, but the
propaganda pictures obviously worked because in source A1, it shows
just how many people were involved in the work effort and it shows
that the numbers of women in the ARP is an incredible amount, this was
from 1995 and it was a GCSE review and so I think that it is reliable
as some secondary sources are reliable because in the long term it is
easier to make more accurate figures and it was for a GCSE history
review, which also shows that it is very reliable because incorrect
figures would not help GCSE students in doing their research. In the
source that is...

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