Justify how the newly found roles of women helped to provide for the first world war?
In 1914, when the first battle of World War 1 broke out, the government was scrambling to find men to go out on the battlefield. As time went on, and men were lost at large numbers, civilians had to take their place. The factories, farms, and homes were left abandoned as the men raced off to war to fight for their country. How were they to survive if there was no one to run the company they left behind? How were they to be provided with weapons, food and other resources if they could not work in the factories to make all of the much needed munitions and weapons? There was only one solution – Women. At first, society was hesitant for the women to begin working in the factories and taking over what was known as “man’s work” but they soon proved them wrong.
The women, only knowing domestic service up to this point, were trained to work in the munition factories, become mechanics and work on airplanes, build ships, take up positions in agriculture, and others. According to statistics, “In July 1914, before the war broke out there were 3.2 million women in employment. This had risen to 5 million by January 1918” (Women in World). Women became the working force from 1914 until 1918 and the men all over the world would not have been able to survive as long as they did. The women became nurses on the battlefield to care for any wounded soldier. They worked in very dangerous conditions to help provide for the war and men fighting at war.
In conclusion, if the women had not taken up all of the empty positions at almost every job during the war, there would have been devastating consequences. First, there would have been little to no artillery for the soldiers to fight against their enemy with, besides the ones they already had. Secondly, food would have become a much larger issue during the blockades if the women had not been behind on the home front to look for it, prepare it and send it to battle. Not only did they provide food, money, resources and some one to look forward to coming home to, but they also provided aid for all of the wounded soldiers. The women played a vital role throughout the first world war, and it changed their position in the eyes of society for the future because of it.
If you wish to learn more about the role women played during the first world war, check out these links below!!
- 12 Interesting Facts about Women in The First World War
- Women in World War 1
- Women’s Roles in the First World War
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