Women played a huge role in WW1; and this, in turn, helped to change the role of women in Britain.

They served as nurses in field hospitals and at home in munitions factories. Their vital role in supporting the war effort meant that many more women worked in jobs outside the home.

Canary Girls and the role of women in WW1

Today women are an integral part of the workforce in the UK, however, before WW1 this was not the case. Although progress was slow, the First World War changed women’s place in society and demonstrated that they were the physical and intellectual equal of men.

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The lifesavers of WW1

Today nurses and paramedics are a key part of front line medical care at home and abroad, but during the First World War female nurses administering first aid on the front line was a new concept. One which inevitably saved thousands who otherwise would not have survived.

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The commaders of Britain’s first all-female military unit

More than 57,000 served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) from July 1917-1921, including 10,000 in France. The historic success of Britain’s first all-female military unit was secured by two women ahead of their time: Alexandra “Mona” Chalmers Watson and Dame Helen Gwynne-Vaughan. Scientists, suffragists, pioneers; the WAAC controllers fought to convince society that women must have a more equal place in the world.

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Life as a Land Girl during WW1

Women played a huge role at home during the First World War and it was the first time that many had stepped into roles traditionally held by men. As well as working in munitions factories, they played a key role in farming.

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The Women Surgeons of WW1

Today it is commonplace to be treated by male and female surgeons but before the First World War women doctors did not treat men.

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The Voluntary Aid Detachment in the First World War

Thousands of women and men volunteered to help on the home front during the First World War. For many women The Voluntary Aid Detachment was the first time they had worked and it gave them the chance to contribute to the war effort.

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Female bus conductors

Women already worked for transport companies prior to the war, but they were confined to clerical positions, away from the public eye, working in offices. Then, during the war, women become much more visible, donning uniforms and working on public transport vehicles for the first time.

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