Women at War

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    • Would run family businesses while men away
    • Encouraged men to join the army
    • By 1914, 5 million women were employed
    • Many women worked in hard labour - munition, metal work
    • Women's land army, 16,000 women helping with food
    • As casualties rose women started to work full time
    • Worked 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week packing weapons, bullets etc
    • Some developed lead poisoning and rarely died
    • Around 2 million women replaced men in employment
    • Women now smoked, drank in pubs, went to town unsupervised short hair, wearing trousers


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