Women in WWI

By: Alayna Murphy


Women had a very large impact on WWI. For example, they were a huge part of the medical force during the war, They filled the spots for jobs that men left to go to war and they joined the fighting force. WIthout women and their strength to stand up, WWI might not have ended like it did.

Women taking over men's jobs

Many Countries such as Austria, France and Britain welcomed women into men's jobs. In Britain, around two million women joined the workforce in place of the men. Three of the most needed areas for workers were munition factories, construction and farms. Known as the "Land Army" women were highly recruited to work the land and supply the food that men couldn't. Working in a munitions factory was a hard and risky work. Many women were called "Canary girls" because their skin would turn yellow from working with the chemicals to make the explosives.

Ads/cartoons made about women

Many ads made were to try and recruit women to join the workforce. For example, ads were made telling women to join factories, work the farm land, become an army nurse, join the army, and so much more. Even though ads about women were at a sky high and very popular, people still feared that women were getting too much attention. Some males thought women were becoming too independent and shouldn't be doing all these jobs. Many ladies did prove these people wrong by the strong worded posters and the hard work they all went through.

Nursing Corps

In 1901, only 403 women were nurses in the army, but by 1918, 21,480 was the number enlisted. Women could work in two places as a nurse. One was on the front helping wounded soldiers, and two at home where they lived. A shortage and doctors and nurses came around the time of WWI and women were in high demand to fill the area. Nurses had harsh jobs and tasks to do. They had a heavy load of caring and finding injured soldiers from harsh battles.


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