War and the transformation of British society c1903–28
Key Topic 1: The Liberals, votes for women and social reform
Key Topic 2: The part played by the British on the Western Front
Key Topic 3: The home front and social change
Key Topic 4: Economic and social change 1918–28
The changing role of women 1918–28.
Women during the First World War
The Changing role of women
Before the war women had been campaigning for the vote. These suffragettes
used often-violent tactics to draw attention to their cause. They smashed
windows, chained themselves to railings and set fire to empty buildings.
One, Emily Davis, killed herself at the Derby by throwing herself at
the racehorses. Once the war began the campaign stopped. During the
war the number of working women grew by 1 million. Many of these jobs
had been thought of as men only occupations. Over 120,000 women trained
to be nurses and from 1917 women were allowed to join the army and serve
in non-combat roles.
• Women had very few rights before the First World War.
- article about the way that the Suffrage movement responded to the