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Gaining Women's Suffrage : Women, Work & War
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Case Study*Women, Work & War
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Britain was involved in the Great War from 1914-18. As the war dragged on, many men went to fight. Thousands of women also joined the armed forces. Others took over men's work in the factories and fields. Women had always worked of course - in homes, fields and factories. However, the contribution of women to Britain's war effort did seem to capture the imagination of the country.
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In this case study you will study a range of sources on women in wartime and decide how important this work was in getting the vote for some women in 1918.
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1. Women's Right To Serve march, 1915

* 2. Women's Land Army certificate, 1915
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3. Letter to Minister of War from NUWSS, 1917

* 4. Letter to Lloyd George from NUWSS, 1917
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5. Women in the armed forces, 1917

* 6. Women working in the munitions industry
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7. Films showing jobs women did in WW1

* 8. Report on women in agriculture, 1918
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9. Report on women In industry, 1919

* 10. Cartoon: 'At Last!', 1918
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You can use these case study sources in two ways:
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The sources in this case study can help you by providing information you can use in your presentation.
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Study each source carefully. Note down anything which tells you about:
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* The contribution of women to the British war effort *
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* The impact of the of this work on public opinion *
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* The impact of this work on politicians *
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* The links between war work and the campaigning of the Suffragettes and Suffragists *
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Don't forget - if there are words or phrases in the sources which you cannot understand, try the glossary.
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