World War I, or otherwise known as ‘The Great War’, began with Austria-Hungry declaring war on Serbia. This historical event that lasted between 1914 and 1918 was a turning point for many great powers of Western Society, and many less influential groups, one of which being women. The impact of World War I on Australian women was detrimental to changing the perspective of female roles in society. The war challenged women to take part in capacities that were previously dominated by men. The heretofore-frail homemakers of the 1900’s were able to step up into society by fulfilling paid jobs, forming strong political views and volunteering to help to war efforts.
The role of women changed dramatically due to World War One (WW1). The reason for this is that whilst the men were at war fighting for Australia, the women took their place and kept things running smoothly, therefore calling attention to each woman's capability to accomplish more than being a housewife. Throughout the following exploration, the drastic change brought to the role of women in contemporary society as the result of WW1. This change occurred due to a variety of causes. Firstly, society began to realise women could do what men could do just as well. Another was that women wanted to step in and help their country wherever possible. Lastly was when the women in this era gained
Amelia Earhart is best known for being the first women to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, but could she have also been paving a way for women rights without people even noticing it. While she did advocate for women rights Ms. Earhart was able to prove women can be as tough and women should not be confined to what society thinks they should be. Even attending six different high school Ms. Earhart graduated with excellent grades and would often keep a journal of all the positive movements towards women rights. Amelia Earhart flight across the Atlantic inspired a generation of women to fight in World War I and World War II.
“ The yeomanettes, as the women were called, worked as clerks, draftsmen, translator, camouflage designers, and recruiters - all jobs once held by men. A lot of women applied to be members of the Signal Corps. But only around two hundred women are being selected and will be going to France.they are required to speak French and English. They need for nurses is big at the war front. Many women joined the American Red Cross to become nurses.It’s the patriotic duty of every man, woman, and child to join the Red Cross. Why wait to be asked? Be a volunteer.”(Kim, H. Tae). This was a slogan used by the American Red Cross to encourage Americans to join the American Red Cross. Nurses at the war front are facing cold weather , lack of water supplies, and long working hours with not time left for them. They are also suffering from trauma from seeing men die,men getting amputations, and hearing the guns and bonds 24/7. Being a nurse in the war front is not
Hitler was the main aggressor during 1939 who everyone appeased to, who is infamously known for his rise to power, his persecution of Jews, and his attacks on the world to dominate, that killed so many. Neville Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister, believed in the policy of appeasement and appeased Hitler at the Munich Conference which eventually lead to the start of World War II. The Western Powers responded to aggression with appeasement, and in 1939 the world was plunged into World War II, proving to the world that collective security is a better response to aggression.
When World War 1 first initiated in Europe in 1914 with the European nations battling against each other, President Woodrow Wilson declared that the United States would remain neutral. However, after German U-boats began attacking and sinking American and other neutral countries vessels carrying innocent passengers and supplies, President Wilson urged Congress in his address to declare war. Wilson expressed that his decision was not based on revenge or demonstration of strength since “property can be paid for while lives of innocent people cannot be,” but President Wilson wanted to vindicate human rights and bring democracy and peace to the world that was under autocratic authority (Doc. 1). The United States must partner with democratic nations in the war to maintain justice and human liberties in the future by fighting any threats to this peace, including autocratic
On the one hand, WWI played a role in getting women’s franchise in Britain. Source A suggests that the war ‘helped women advance politically and economically’ and that it revolutionarised the industrial position of women- saying it ‘found them serfs and left them free’. Source F also agrees that WWI got women the vote saying when men left to fight, women took over their jobs, creating ‘new opportunities for women’, and that it even allowed educated, middle-class women to have a chance at professions previously closed to them. Source D also agrees with this statement saying
World War Two (WWII), the war between the Allies and the Axis, is known as ‘the deadliest conflict in history’ because of the holocaust, the Japanese invasions and bombings, and the millions of prisoners of war. However, amidst all this destruction, WWII also brought about a new and better era for Australian women; an era of military, home and employment freedom. The male absence in the home during the war dramatically increased the female participation in traditional male roles. As a consequence, WWII was instrumental for the liberation of Australian women in the workforce, family life and agriculture as it empowered women, giving them a newfound freedom as well as a sense of achievement.
As a result, the nation was torn and had to gradually build their way up back to orderly fashion. The main dispute that occurred was the concept of conscription, also known as the Military Service Act. Around late August when the act was passed, all male citizens ranging from the ages 20 to 45 were forced to be involved in the war. Furthermore, around 48,000 men were commissioned to fight overseas and unfortunately, many had suffered. As I witnessed in a World War 1 documentary produced by National Geographic, there were many graphic scenes and disturbing pictures that showed the reality of the war and its results. The men in the war had to face pelting bullets, explosive bombs and even mustard gas poisoning. As quoted by Vera Brittain in her memoir, “I wish those people who talk about going on with this war whatever it costs could see the soldiers suffering from mustard gas poisoning. Great mustard-coloured blisters, blind eyes, all sticky and stuck together, always fighting for breath, with voices a mere whisper, saying that their throats are closing and they know they will choke”. Despite the huge negativity the war had on the people who were involved in the war, there were some triumphs that generated because of WWI. A major event would be the increased focus on women. In 1917, women were now allowed to vote federally as a result of the Wartime Elections Act. In other words, women that were
This source, Creating Rosie the Riveter, is a monograph written by Maureen Honey, which describes how during the 1940s, due to the need to fill jobs normally held by men, who were mostly enlisted overseas, the US government turned to its women and tried to persuade them to apply for jobs in factories, production, and management through propaganda, such as advertisements, pulp fiction, and magazines. It also examines how the image of Rosie the riveter was formed through propaganda and why, as well as why the propaganda turned back towards traditional images of women, such as the housewife and mother image, when the war came to an end. In terms of the argument, the author argues that propaganda was used
Propaganda posters during World War II were used to address issues to citizens. In the article “History as Historical Documents”, by Rodney F. Allen, it was stated a good poster is one that communicates a clear message and draws the attention of the viewer (1). These posters were able to influence a lot of citizens to make sacrifices and decisions to help the troops while addressing controversial topics. One of the well-known propaganda posters was “We Can Do It”, with Rosie the Riveter. Rosie the Riveter was a strong and competent factory worker in jeans and a bandanna and urged women to fill jobs that men had to leave for the war (Olsen). Rosie the Riveter was not the only big impact on women. The propaganda poster, “Woman’s Place in the
During the First World War women played a very vital role, either directly as nurses or as forms of comfort and hope (Brose 109). However, as the fighting dragged on countless men lost their lives and saw the unspeakable horrors of trench warfare, attitudes toward women changed. Men were angry that their wives were home living ‘comfortably’ while they suffered, and the nurses saw them broken and vulnerable (Brose 113). Decades later, the women of the 1960s were rebelling against the typical feminine roles of their mothers and grandmothers, but the perception in the minds of the men at war was generally unchanged from those of the soldiers in the past. “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brian shows this same transition in emotions—from positive to negative—views, during the Vietnam War by following a platoon of soldiers through the jungle.
There alternative and different ideas of a women’s role in society played a great factor in the changed that took place after World War I.
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. Even where women did not live in close proximity to the battlefront, military and government establishments