Women's Equality Essay

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Register to read the introduction… One woman saw a scalping, a hand being mangled and an arm severed. Many women who worked in munitions factories had yellow skin from the effects of the TNT. These 'canary girls' (as they were called) were given little respect. One worker commented that they were subject to whispers and points while on the way to work in the morning. Some aspects of their working life, however, did not change. Many working women were still expected by their husbands (some industries were exempt conscription and considered too important to allow people to leave) to do all the housework even though they had been working the same as he had. Their pay was still lower than the remaining men that worked in the factories was and there was opposition to their employment from many areas. Opposition to the women's employment came chiefly from the Trade Unions. The trade unions were made up of workers from the industries with a different union for each industry. They objected to the women taking the places of the men in the workplace. On a day to day basis the female war workers faced sexual discrimination …show more content…
The suffragette leaders Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst supported the war because of the opportunities it displayed in furthering their cause of equality. Although their demonstrations and rallies took a back seat during the war as Emmeline and Christabel devoted themselves to helping the war effort the question of women's votes soon came back into the forefront because of the old-fashioned residential qualification. This meant that because the fighting men weren't in Britain they couldn't vote. The age of consent for women to vote was set at thirty in 1918.

In conclusion we can say that the war did not bring about equality in its own right but helped speed up the process. We have seen that during the war when women were working alongside men they were still not regarded as equal. The war did nothing to improve the lives of women directly but it changed many women's views of themselves and as a result support for equality increased. It was only after the war that many men began to realise that women were not second

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