World War 1 Impact On Women's Life

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World War 1 had a huge impact on women´s lives, it was the spark that lead women have their rights and make a change in society’s perceptions towards women. The reason of this is because during World War 1 men had to go to the war and quit their jobs, this gave women the opportunity to take men’s jobs. More than a million women were able to join the workforce between 1914 and 1918, and they perform many different jobs. Some examples were: postal workers, police patrols, they learned how to produce parts of war machines, they had jobs in the area of engineering and chemical industries, and they were even soldiers. Some of this jobs were also dangerous. Women that worked in munition factories had the most dangerous working conditions and they were even called the “The Canary Girls” because of their exposure with TNT (chemical). Over 400 women died because of the exposure with TNT (Imperial War Museums). Ethel Den, a worker in a munitions factory in London said “Our skin was perfectly yellow, right down through…show more content…
Men recognized that women helped a lot during the World War 1 and they should have the right to vote for their actions. For this reason, the Representation of the People Act in 1918 gave the vote to women over 30 (Trueman). Although, they only gave the right to vote for women over 30, it caused a major change in women’s social and political status, which at last gave women over 21 the right to vote after 10 years. It is important to say that men also wanted their proper right to vote because before 1918 the right to vote depended on the men’s wealth and the value of the property that is why only 3% of the adult male population were able to vote. That is why men also wanted the right to vote where neither sex or wealth and property qualification matter
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