How did Woman help in the War

World War II


When the Second World War broke out in 1939 just over five million women were in work. Women volunteered for essential work in order to release men to go into the armed forces. As the war progressed, military leaders began to see the impact women could make. This was taken into account and the women received a raise 4/5 of the wages of a man. A female doctor however, would receive equal pay to a male doctor.This showed the men that although they were taking jobs traditionally intended for men, they would be able to retain their femininity.

The Woman's Land Army

The WLA short for Woman's Land Army was a British civilian organisation created during the First and Second World Wars so women could work in agriculture, replacing men called up to the military. Women who worked for the WLA were commonly known as Land Girls. As the prospect of war became increasingly likely, the government wanted to increase the amount of food grown within Britain. In order to grow more food, more help was needed on the farms and so the government started the Women's Land Army in June 1939. The majority of the Land Girls already lived in the countryside but more than a third came from London and the industrial cities of the north of England.

Women's Auxiliary Air Force

The Women's Auxiliary Air Force aka WAAF, was the female auxiliary of the Royal Air Force during World War II, established in 1939. in 1943, WAAF numbers exceeded 180,000, with over 2,000 women enlisting per week. WAAFs did not serve as aircrew. The women pilots were only limited to the Air Transport Auxiliary , Although they did not participate in active combat, they were exposed to the same dangers as any on the "home front" working at military installations.
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An Example of Flying Women in the WW2