How Useful and Reliable Are These Sources in Explaining How Womens Lives Were Affected by World War 1?

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How useful and reliable are these sources in explaining how womens lives were affected by World War 1?
This essay is going to be about World Ward 1, which started in 1914 and ended in 1918, and how it affected the livs of women. The war made an impact on lives of many women, some in a positive way and some in a negative.
Before WW1 women had very little policital power and were considered inferior to men. Men didn't see the need for women to have a voice, and that their opinion was not needed. However, when the war began men were sent to war, leaving job spaces to be filled. This was when the women were called upon to fill these spaces. This was an oppurtunity for women to prove their rights for politicial power. Source A1 supports this
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With most women gaining more money each week, they began to become more independant. They no longer had to rely on their husbands to keep them going. Many women would say the war was a good thing. Some would even say it was worthwhile, because they experienced a high lifestyle and got some of the political power they deserved.
However there were many women who didn't have such a positive experience. Some were forced to work long hours with short pay. Long shifts like this were a daily routine for most women. They weren't allowed a break and would sometimes become so ill from working non-stop they would drop to the floor in pain, even then they had to pull through and continue work. Source A8 supports this as it because it states 'They were frequently expected to work on till 8pm and were paid only bare time rates for this overtime'. This shows that women were paid normal rates which were extremely low, for sometimes nearly double the hours they should have been doing. With all this work, women must have been exhausted. This source may be reliable as it was taken out of a history book, however the reliability of this source could be questionable as it was written by a campaigner for women's rights, which means it could be biased. And it was alrso written in 1932, which was after

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