Outline In Detail The Role And Impact Of Three Organisations That Women Were Heavily Involved In During World War One.

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During World War One (1914-1918) there were many organisations that women were involved in and these organisations greatly contributed to the war effort. The women of World War One were heavily involved in keeping the home front operational whilst the men were away fighting the war. Three major organisations that the women of World War One were involved in were The Women's Land Army, The Order of the White Feather and The Women's Peace Party.World War One was to give women the opportunity to show a male-dominated society that they could do more than simply bring up children and tend a home. In World War One, women played a vital role in keeping soldiers equipped with ammunition and in many senses they kept the nation moving through their help in manning the transport system.With so many young men volunteering to join the army, and with so many casualties in Europe, a gap was created in employment and women were called on to fill these gaps. World War One was to prove a turning point for women. At the start in August 1914, those in political power had been left angered by the activities of the Suffragettes and women had no political power whatsoever. By the end of the war, in November 1918, women had proved that they were just as important to the war effort as men had been and in 1918 women were given some form of political representation.Women found employment in transport, nursing, factories making ammunition, the Women's Royal Air Force where they worked on planes as mechanics, on farms in the Women's Land Army, in shipyards etc. Before 1914, these jobs had been for men only (with the exception of nursing).The Women's Land Army held the responsibility of looking after the agricultural trade while then men were away at war. With the growing numbers of men that were joining the British Armed Forces labour was short. The women had to become more heavily involved with producing food and goods in order to support the demanding war effort. Women workers were commonly discriminated against by the farmers so by 1916 the Board of Trade were forced into sending agricultural organizing officers around the country to persuade the farmers to accept the female workers. Thanks to this effort by 1917 there were over 260,000 women working as farm labourersWith so many men away fighting, someone had to bring in the harvests and keep the farms going. Therefore they had to become self-sufficient in food. The Women's Land Army played a vital part in this especially after 1916 when the Battle of the Somme killed and wounded so many young British soldiers - men who would normally work on the land.Another dominant organisation in World War One was The Order Of the White Feather, this organisation was encouraged to give out white feathers to young men that had not joined the British Army. Admiral Charles Fitzgerald founded the Order of the White Feather In August 1914. It was the tactical objective of this group to shame civilian...

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