Category Archives: Women and World War 1

‘Khaki fever’

The outbreak of war saw an epidemic of ‘khaki fever’ across Britain. A sexual excitement among young women at the sight of soldiers in towns, cities and near army camps, something largely missing from popular mythologies that dwell upon the … Continue reading

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‘The Thirsty Sex’

This was, for instance, evident in increased levels drinking by women described in contemporary newspapers. Concerns about women drinking was not a new problem: ‘If a woman is out drinking all day long, the home is neglected’.[1] The problem appears, … Continue reading

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Women get the vote: What happened during the War?

  Why did the wartime government conclude that women should be given the vote? There are five main reasons why this took place. Women’s suffrage slipped off the political agenda on the outbreak of war, but it reappeared as a … Continue reading

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Women get the vote: the suffrage movement during the War

  According to the traditional view, an important element in the granting of the vote to women in 1918 was the stance taken by the different suffrage groups during the war[1]. By acting responsibly and supporting the war effort, it … Continue reading

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Women get the vote: What role did women play during the War?

  Historians have described the First World War as the nation’s first experience of ‘total war’. By this, they mean a war in which society is organised in such a way that all available resources are channelled into the war … Continue reading

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Women get the vote: The political impact of war

  Some historians have described Britain’s experience in the First World War as its first taste of ‘total war’ (war in which entire societies are mobilised against each other, with the home front becoming just as important as the fighting … Continue reading

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