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Women In World War I

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World War I is remembered as a soldier's conflict for the six million men who were mobilized and for the high military casualties compared to civilian deaths. However, it was also a total war, where the entire nation's population was involved. Everyone contributed to the war efforts from civilians working in factories making uniforms, guns, tanks and ammunition, to families with men at the front. Probably the most prevalent group that contributed a major role in World War I, were women. They took on many responsibilities not only at the home, replacing men in offices and factories but also serving in the arm forces. More that 25,000 women served in Europe in WW I, they helped nurse the wounded, and provide food and other supplies to the military. They served as telephone operators, entertain troops and adhered to the expectations that were pressured on them from society. Their actions in World War I eventually led to the passing of the 19th amendment. When all the men were across the ocean fighting a war for world peace, the home front soon found itself in a shortage for workers. Before the war, women mostly depended on men for financial support. But with so many gone to battle, women had to go to work to support themselves. With patriotic spirit, women one by one stepped up to do a man's work with little pay, respect or recognition. Labor shortages provided a variety of jobs for women, who became street car conductors, railroad workers, and shipbuilders. Some women took over the farms, monitoring the crops and harvesting and taking care of livestock. Women, who had young children with nobody to help them, did what they could do to help too. They made such things for the soldiers overseas, such as flannel shirts, socks and scarves. Many factories became short-handed and had to hire women to cover the jobs. The factories were very dangerous and unhealthy, and the women were only getting paid half the wages of men. The women were not unionized because the Labor Union said that they had to hire many women to replace one man and that the skilled tasks were broken in to several less skilled tasks. They had no protection, so their lungs and skin were exposed to dangerous chemicals. Many women worked in munitions factories, where they worked with sulphur.

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  • Explains that world war i was a soldier's conflict for the six million men who were mobilized, but it also involved the entire nation. women took on many responsibilities not only at the home, replacing men in offices and factories, and serving in the arm forces.
  • Explains that women stepped up to do a man's work with little pay, respect or recognition. they became street car conductors, railroad workers, and shipbuilders.
  • Explains that many factories became short-handed and had to hire women to cover the jobs. they were not unionized because the labor union said that they were hired many women, and that the skilled tasks were broken into several less skilled ones.
  • Describes how girls as young as 16 were working as nurses, and how they helped the wounded soldiers at the war zone by giving them basic medical treatment.
  • Describes florence aby blanchfield as one of the most respected nurse leaders. after high school, she attended the south side hospital training school for nurses where she received her nursing degree in 1906.
  • Explains that general pershing wanted women to be sworn into the army as an emergency need because they had patience and perseverance to do long detailed work.
  • Explains that women were asked to step up and help in the workforce, enlist as nurses, and provide entertainment for troops fighting overseas.
  • Explains that women were viewed as important and respected for their part in fighting the war. the 19th amendment was passed because of the service the women provided during world war i.
  • Opines that the suffering and deaths of many american soldiers in ww i, will always be remembered and honored for their dedication and sacrifice. the unsung heroes of wwi, the women, made sacrifices and contributed to the role and rights that women have today.
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