Working Women During WW1

How were womens jobs effected during the war?

By:Katelyn Hansen

Why were women moved into men's jobs

Women were moved into men's jobs because the men were being recruited into the war.Since the companies didn't have anybody to work for them they started hiring women.But they were paid less than men and because of that there was worry that employers would stop hiring men and just pay women since it costed loss for them.


The number of women working in WW1 went up drastically.Around 1,600,000 women started working between 1914-1918.Also the number of women working on railways increased from 9,000 to 50,000.But after the war the amount of women working went back down because men got their jobs back.

After the War

After the war women had less opportunities to work because men came back and they no longer needed someone to fill the men's jobs.The Women's Royal Air Force was created.Also more women worked on mechanics and planes afterward.

Equality in jobs

Women were working at the same job as men were,but women were paid less.Afterward women would protest about the unfair treatment.Some things that happened because of that were many protests and the government gave in and gave them almost the same pay and women were allowed to vote at age 30.

Work Cited

"12 Things You Didn't Know About Women In The First World War." Imperial War Museums.

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"Striking Women." World War I: 1914-1918. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.

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"Women's Roles on the Home Front." BBC News. BBC, 19 Mar. 2014. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.

Health risks in factories

Some health risks that were seen was the discoloration of woman's skin,their skin was turned yellow.Also cancer was a risk and because of the fumes they breathed in cancer and diseases such as lung and kidney disease was not rare.