Posters generally portrayed the work of nurses in war as an extension of women’s maternal and domestic responsibilities. The pictures of nurses used on recruitment posters emphasized the inspirational, angelic image of the wartime nurse, with the most famous example being a poster provided by the Red Cross, titled, “The Greatest Mother in the World”. The poster depicts a Red Cross nurse supporting a wounded soldier. The allusion to Mother Mary gives the title of the work an empowering meaning, and the Christian symbolism would have been highly compelling to a determined audience in this time period. However, the propaganda put forth by military establishments glorified the role of the wartime nurse, while the harsh reality was that no matter how thorough a nurse’s training before the war, nothing could have prepared them for the violence that was observed on the battlefront.
Many have argued should women be allowed to serve in direct combat for decades. Activists have argued that women should be allowed to serve in combative roles, but many governmental and political officials as well as American citizens feel differently. Arguments of women who have been serving in the military since the Revolutionary War, many disguised as men has exposed them to combat, death and even becoming POW’s. Many women have been serving beside their fellow comrades for years and are capable of doing so without causing disruption of the unit cohesion or combat readiness. The controversial issues will be discussed, but before that let’s provide some historical insight on how women’s roles in the military have evolved.
The military is the place of combat and strength. It consists of men and now, even women, that fight to protect our loving country. As we go through our history, we can find that there are a few women that have braved the front lines as doctors, nurses, and even soldiers themselves, and now, the Pentagon has opened the window of about 220,000 military jobs to women. Theses previous women not only aided the soldiers, they were under the danger of being killed by stray bullets. If other women have followed their dreams, why can’t we?
Women roles have drastically changed the Mexican revolution history where women have never before fight in a war. Fighting represents power in terms of the new ideology of women that later came along with the new identities. For example, a new role was being solders. Fighting in the Revolution war gave Las Soldaderas a completely new dramatic role where they gained power. This role consisted of joined in the side of those who were opposed the dictatorship, including the armies of Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata, and Venustiano Carranza (Fernández).
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
They strived at the thought of contributing to the war effort, country and society. In source B, we see a picture of strong women nursing the wounded, which plays a huge part to any war. For starters, without nurses, there would be no uninjured soldiers to defend our country. In front of them, we see 2 women. One woman is making a mockery of the other by making her seem stereotypical as a lady, and therefore useless when it comes to serious matter, the actual fighting.
With the men in the families fighting, many women volunteered to spy to help out their part of the country. To make sure that the other side did not know anything, both the Union and the South used many techniques and codes to keep their plans safe. From the different spies, to how women helped out, and the different codes and techniques used, spies played a great part in how the Civil war turned out. One of the most famously know spies from the Civil war is Belle Boyd. Belle was born in 1839, as a slave on the
The Civil War disrupted women’s lives. Some took on roles during the actual conflict. Lady Anne Cunningham was a warrior leading Scottish troops into battle. Lucy Hutchinson organised the defence of her village against Royalist troops when her husband was away, Lady Brilliana Harley died defending Brampton Bryon Castle. With their husbands away for large periods fighting for the King or Parliament, women often took centre stage in running of the estates.
When the war broke out, women put their campaigns to get the vote on hold and focused on contributing to the war effort. Many women joined the Ministry of Munitions in 1915 to help to make ammunition for the soldiers at war. By the end of the war, there were over 30,000 munitionettes completing this dangerous job for low pay to demonstrate that they were willing to risk their lives to gain the vote. Over 90,000 women also joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) to look after injured soldiers. An example of a member of the VAD was Elsie Inglis.
Display of (financial) independence from their family in married women was encouraged and recognized as a sign of maturity. A khan 's widow or mother could be a regnant ruler for extended periods of time and generally women could command military units or operations, although usually after being appointed by a senior commander. Women were performing many tasks like setting up the camps, constructing tents, tending to wagons and military equipment duties rarely if ever trusted to women in other societies of that era. Thus, the laws protected not only the social status of the women but also their physical health. The role of Mongolian women in Mongolian society and culture has been prominent in large part due to the need for sharing the Mongolian nomadic life style 's strenuous herding and household workloads in an extreme climate.