The Impact Of Women In World War One

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World War One was the start of a new change for the world. But what really went on behind that? All of the small actions that made a huge difference. There were over 35 million civilian and soldier casualties in World War One. Over 15 million died and 20 million were wounded. People are not educated enough on World War One, people should know about how soldiers lived, what they experienced when the came home, and the impact that the women really made on the war.
We we into World War One completely blind. Women played a big role while the men were fighting in war. They risked their lives everyday just so they could get their loved ones to come back and support their family.People assumed that when the soldiers got back from war, they would
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Women started to take over the man jobs, such as conductors, postal workers, police officers, firefighters, railway guards, ticket collectors, bus and tram conductors, etc. Women risked their lives working with poisonous substances without proper protection. TNT caused their skin to turn yellow and around 400 women died from overexposure to it. “If the women in the factories stopped working for twenty minutes, the Allies would lose the war” (Birkett). The women made a huge impact on the war and helped tremendously, if they never got an opportunity to work during World War One, it would have ended up drastically different. "A large number of women were in the drawing offices producing plans on how to build aeroplanes. These plans then went out to the furniture factories to build fuselages. But women weren 't what we 'd call engineers now. They were more like technicians. They were skilled artisans" (Birkett). Women started to do more than just make weapons and send out relief supplies. Finally, people are starting to see that women do have skills and they need to be given more opportunities. Sadly, when the men came back from war all the women were laid off, but the Women’s Engineering Society was established to help women earn degrees and remain in technical roles. Hertha Ayrton was the first to invent a poisonous gas-repelling fan, over …show more content…
In particular, soldiers in World War One should have been getting 4,000 calories a day. “It was a great achievement that in the entire conflict not one British soldier starved to death” (Lee). The soldiers were promised fresh meat and bread, but the reality was very different. Soldiers were fed good and bad food. The biscuits they had were only edible if soaked in water or tea first, if not, then they could crack your teeth. Also, one of the two meats served daily, Maconochie, was the most despised. Shockingly enough, swearing was the make or break in friendships during the war. “Donald McNair was distressed by the incessant swearing of his comrades-in-arms who were ‘utterly low-class and foul-mouthed louts – I certainly have nothing in common with them, and find it difficult to put up with their wantonly pointless, witless and filthy conversation” (Walker). “By the end of 1916 flour became hard to come by so bread, known as K-Brot was made from dried potatoes, oats, barley and even pulverized straw” (Lee). Transportation was very different in the 1900’s, people did not have ability to ship flour over to make more biscuits or send fresh meat every week. Even though soldiers did not have the type of food they were promised, they were supplied with pleasant essentials such as cheese, tea, jam, sugar, salt, and condensed milk. 9 oz. meat in a can and Maconochie did not satisfy the soldiers

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