Roles In Ww2

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Through the organization by the British Red Cross and St. John of Jerusalem, voluntary aid was given to the soldiers who returned from the war as injured combatants. Nurses tended to their wounds in mansions that converted into an at home hospitals for the military casualties. Nurses experienced traumatic events while tending to the injured soldiers on the home front; but the nurses located on the war front experienced different tragedies. The nurses who aided injured soldiers in the war carried admirable qualities and the general public viewed these ladies as sentimental heroines. Due to the nurturing nature of nurses, these roles seemed fit for women as opposed to the munitions worker girls. Feminist icon Edith Cavell served as a professional…show more content…
The Women’s Voluntary Reserve was the most prominent military organization set up for women. The two main aims of the organization were: free men from the firing lines, and organize more succors for the helpless ones in the community. Work and training under the WVR included running canteens for soldiers, transporting the wounded, camp cooking, first aid, and monitoring. Furthermore, the women of the WVR structured themselves in organized khaki uniforms—a color associated for the sacrifice of the fallen soldier. Often facing excessive and exhausting work habits the women faced long days; but ultimately proved that they wanted to aid in the war as much as they possibly could. Though unpaid, these women left their comfort zones and redefined the social boundaries society had previously set. The volunteers that participated in the rallies of WVR in January 1915 consisted of 120 women; however, the organization showed an immediate rise in volunteers just two months later as 500 women marched through the streets of Birmingham . The immediate rise showed that women felt as if they had an obligation and a right to voice their concern, and through participating in these rallies they participated in war efforts. Though many organizations supported the war, a clear split existed on exactly how…show more content…
Through their contributions in various fields of work, women proved their worth to society. They did not only change their perspective of themselves, but also societies perspective on what women could do. After the war, women aimed for universal suffrage which was supported by the men who returned from the war. At the close of World War I, women received partial victory through the 1918 Representation of People Act that allowed British women over the age of 30 to vote . The exclusion of allowing the younger women to vote until 1928 showed the lack of equality as the younger women took up majority of the positions in industries, as nurses, and volunteeres in organizations during the war. This outnumbered the electoral system that allowed men over the age of 21 to vote, and showed the lack of true parity. Furthermore, the war brought a change in attitudes towards sexuality and equality that dramatically changed the British society. After the war, women were allowed to stand in the General Election. The Parliament Act of 1918 saw the election of the first female MP. Ironically, Countess Constance Markievics was elected to be a part of House of Commons and yet did not take her seat. The progression of the role of women in politics changed beyond recognition; however Markievicz refusal to take the seat in Parliament showed that some women still held the prewar traditional ideals. A third act of equal

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