Women At War
Why do you think women were so eager to see men go to war?
I think that women were so eager to see men go to war because, firstly
they did not realise the real dangers of war and expected the war to
be over in a year or two.
I also think that they were willing to see the men go to war because
it left them in charge of almost everything, and during the time of
1914, women were usually just normal household wives, who did the
cleaning and cooking therefore they weren’t really given a chance to
work and earn money for the family.
“Women had been employed in pre-war trade and industries since the
Industrial Revolution. The working classes were mainly involved in
domestic service or ‘sweated’ labour and dressmaking. Along with
middle class women, they were also employed as shop assistants,
waitresses or clerks”
This statement supports my views, because it clearly states that after
the men were sent off to war, almost everything depended on women, and
they were being recruited for working in many different places with
different professions. The recruitment of women increased by
thousands when CONSCRIPTION was introduced in March 1916.
In what ways were women involved in the War effort?
Women were involved in the war in many ways. They may not have been up
at the fronts battling to save the country, but they provided the
munitions, food, clothing and many more things needed by the soldiers.
When Conscription as introduced in March 1916, women had to be
recruited to work in the munitions factory. This was so that they
could provide more resources for the men battling up at the fronts.
Munitions work was highly paid, although it was extremely dangerous.
Where men gave their lives in ‘No Mans Land’ women gave their lives at
the munitions factories, when they were exposed to too much TNT, or in
After the introduction of military conscription in March 1916 the need
for female labour became even more vital and the Government began
co-ordinating the employment of women to fill the gaps. The types of
work that women became involved in was varied, often skilled and
sometimes dangerous. For example: 'Women working in larger munitions
factories were known as Canaries because they dealt with TNT which