Women and the first world war many historians argue that the first world war was a watershed for women in britain in reality the development of womens political and economic rights between 1914 and 1918 was more complicated than such arguments allow. Women and the great war thursday november 6 2014 to saturday april 25 2015 the year 2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of world war i the great war that claimed more than sixteen million lives and left nearly twenty million wounded. The first world war was fought on two fronts in a military sense it was fought on the battlefields throughout europe the gallipoli peninsular and other such theaters of war but on the home front it was the arduous efforts of women that kept the country running. When you think about world war one you think of men fighting to death in the mud all too often the immense contribution of women as nurses medics ammunition workers and so many more has been . Typically women who followed armies were from the working classes of society but during the great war women from all classes served in many different capacities upper class women were the primary founders and members of voluntary wartime organizations particularly because they could afford to devote so much of their time and money to these
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