Nowadays we take it for
granted that women have the same rights as men before the First World War few people believed this.
As far as work was concerned there were jobs witch were regarded as women’s jobs and other witches were regarded as men’s jobs. Women’s jobs were generally lower paid as men’s. Men did almost all the heavy jobs in industry or in transport.
Women had jobs like dress-making, cleanning or worked as servants.
Women’s main role was as being to raise children and look for their home. Women were not expected to take position of leadership. Women were not even allowed to vote in elections.
Before the war some women had been struggling to achieve greater equality with men. The most famous of these had been the suffragettes who staged a violent campaign against the government from 1905 to 1914 trying to achieve the right to vote. However, at the outbreak of war, the where still no near to success. Many men argued that women were unsuited to such responsibility that women could not be trusted to vote sensibly that women should not concern themselves with such male activities and voting.
During the war many things changed