Up until the early 20th Century, women in Britain were viewed as second class citizens, seen as both physically and mentally inferior to men. They campaigned vigorously for the right to vote as they longed to be treated as equal in society. In 1918, the Liberal government passed a law called the ‘Representation of the People Act’ which finally gave the vote to all ‘respectable’ women over the age of 30. This essay will discuss four of the key reasons why women gained the right to vote in 1918 including the Suffragists, women who worked during the First World War, changes in society and the Suffragettes. I will argue that the Suffragettes are the main reason why women got the vote.
Despite this, women were able to make a huge impact on America through social reforms. Many young women went against the beliefs of their parents. Prior to the Roaring Twenties, America was in a Victorian era. Women wore dresses that were floor-length, their hair was long and premarital sex was almost non-existent. During the 1920’s however, some women became what are known as “flappers”.
Women in Combat The roles of women in everyday lives continues to expand each year. As the push continues for equality, many workplaces are forced to reconsider their old policies and possibly implement new standards. The military is not immune to this, and in the past few decades women have gone from strictly serving in support roles to making decisions and executing missions in today’s modern warfare. These female servicemembers have been in harm’s way and run the same risk of being hurt as their male counterparts. But is this the best thing for the United States military?
Women serving as nurses were often motivated by “a sense of duty, a close connection to loved ones, serving overseas or a desire to have an adventure”. (Great War Nurses, n.d.) Women’s roles as nurses during World War One were highly significant as they helped the wounded and sick. Although they were so important they did not have the amount of appreciation than the soldiers did fighting. The nurses put in a lot of effort and worked very hard throughout the time of war and should 've got more credit for what they did. The amount of work that nurses undertook and what they had to go through is reflected in this letter written by Gertrude Doherty (a nurse who served in World War One writing to her cousin Muriel in
During World War I, nurses were recruited from both those already in the nursing profession as well as civilian workers and served as an essential part of the Imperial Forces. Many women volunteered to join the VAD 's (Voluntary Aid Detachment), ANC (Army Nurse Corps), and FANY 's (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry). War service was hard, uncomfortable and often tragic. Overseas the nurses faced severe weather and shortages of basic resources, long hours at work and little time for breaks. These women proved their ability to undergo physical hardships equal to those endured by fighting men and withstand the pressures of combat situations.
For some, life after the war offered new opportunities. The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919 made it illegal to exclude women from jobs because of their gender. Educated, middle class women found that doors to the professions previously closed to them were suddenly opening and i was all for that i went into a work system taking care of the injured, and sick. And i have been able to vote. Before the the war women were not aloud to vote.
Women had put in so much hard work and effort to get men’s jobs done while they were gone. Women being able to finally get a taste of what independence was like did not want to convert back to pre war conditions. They didn’t want to go back to having to depend on somebody to always make a living for them. The breakthrough for women in society began in 1918 when women over 30 were allowed to vote in Britain. In 1919 Dutch women were granted the right to vote and finally August 26,1920 American women were granted the right to vote.
Even though women were given these roles they still wanted to contribute to the fight despite the exclusionary rule and policies. The Army and Navy Nurse Corps offered the opportunity of nurses to serve in an official capacity in the military. It was established in the early 1900’s nurses working closer to the front lines than they had ever before. With the expanding roles of the women during the war it created numerous new challenges, social and economic
Women faced various complications during the WRM and those complications led to them to fight for equality for all females. For example, women wanted to end sexism, gain voting rights, access higher education, and access higher job positions. Despite their challenging work for equal rights, full equality from governments for women was not accomplished until 1920. Given these points, it took a massive group of women a while to do so, but the WRM gave them the opportunity to accomplish major positive changes in their lives against unfair
Throughout history, women were always treated unfairly and were only allowed to have a career as a housewife. Since then, women have tried to make a difference in society to show that they are equal as men. This started when women were given the right to vote with the nineteenth amendment in the Bill of Rights. This was the first step to changing how society would view women in the future. They have also shown this through World War II by taking their husband jobs as their husband went to war.