Usually, “A working woman was an object of pity or scorn in Victorian America.” (USAHEC.org). Women were usually devoting their lives to caring for their husband and children; creating a nice, clean home (The History Channel Website, 2013). If they did nurse, it was only in their homes and for their family members (Egenes, 2009). The Civil War was the first time that women really played an important role in a war effort (The History Channel Website, 2013). When they found out that each side was in need of nurses, women immediately started volunteering to “help the war efforts of their side” (Freemon, 1998).
This was an important time in history for women by proving that they can take over the men's jobs and do more than house hold work and taking care of the children. Women in the First World War served as nurses overseas. In 1917 when the declaration of war was made against Germany the first action was sending Army nurses to set up six base hospitals with British Expeditionary before American troops sailed over. Nurses were in two categories, the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) and the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY). The VAD were unpaid volunteers that were usually from the wealthier class.
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