- When war broke out, men were removed from factories to become soldiers. Now that the men were gone, women replaced the men to fill the gap.
- Women took jobs that were regarded as skilled “men’s” work, to support their families
- Thousands of women took jobs in ammunitions factories, clerical Jobs, banking, and war industries
- Women also worked on farms because; the government decided that more production of foods is necessary in order to help assist the men at war.
Work force Wages
- The women usually got lower pay than the men before the war
- Even when the men were at war, the women’s pay is still low
- Since the women got low pay, the government had a larger quantity of money which allowed them to employ more women
Front Lines/Overseas contribution
- Many women volunteered, for the sake to help the men at war
- Took positions as ambulance drivers, nurses cab drivers, etc to aid the men at war
- Nursing was the only area of the female contribution that involved being at the front lines, and those experienced the horror of war
- Many women joined the armies nursing services
- Women also joined Britain’s Services nursing services
- A large mass amount of women joined and served the Red cross for example women ran fundraisers to help support the men
Did many things to help the soldiers on the front lines.
- Knitted socks – To keep soldiers’ feet warm and dry in trenches.
- Made ammunition – So the men had enough weaponry to fight the war.
Rights and Suffrage
- Before World War1 women had few rights.
- When the war began women were granted some additional rights such as the right to get a jab (at factories) because back then they were not permitted to work in factories
- Women worked to keep factories going while the men fought. They proved to themself that they were as capable as men
- Their views towards life changed.
- By the middle of the 19th century, women demanded equality with men
Conscription and Women
- Many women were arguing that Canada should send more soldiers to help assist the others. So that the survival rate would increase and also so the dear ones to them survive
- Volunteers were not agreeing to aid the existing soldiers because they realized this war would be extremely long, and due to this reason there were many controversies over conscription
- Borden was threatened with the possibility of losing power in the next election because the men in Canada would vote against him. To avoid being voted out of the office Borden passed a law giving Canadian women whose father, brother, or husband was fighting in the war the right to vote. Borden knew at that time there was a large population of women because men war went to war
- Women gained the right to vote (1919) and because of the votes of the women’s, president Borden was re-elected and as a result