women in work
Before the World Wars, only low class, desperatley poor women worked, in jobs such as domestic service. In WW1 they were required to work in men's jobs, such as munitions factories but had to leave these jobs when the war ended.In 1939 conscription was introduced. This meant that all men from the ages of 18-41 were called up to work in the military. This left many women to fill in for the men that went away, working in factories and on farms.Single women aged 19-30 were called up to work in the Land Army. Married women were not asked as the Government feared that it may effect family life. However many married women volunteered anyway, and managed to juggle both working and bringing up a family.After the war, the attitude to women and jobs was different to WW1. In WW1 women were expected to leave their jobs straight away and go back to their family. In WW due to the mass cleanup of Britain, women were required to help, and some were allowed to keep their jobs. However, they were only allowed into low ranked, low paid jobs and the higher jobs were given back to men. Employers could pay women less so they put women in the lower paid jobs, saving their business money. Some women still objected to this work. Young single women did not want to return to their jobs, heavily influenced by the media and the strict attitudes. However many women enjoyed work and took advantage of the new opportunities. Ideas were slowly changing.