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During the First World War, more and more women took over from men in British industries. Many women worked in the munitions factories, to meet the demand for weapons on the front line. They also worked on maintaining coal, gas and power supplies. For women, the First World War marked a major social revolution.
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16 March 2007

Classroom Ideas

Link the work of women on the Home Front with the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Students could look into case studies of women’s involvement in industry. As well as actually working, consider what roles and responsibilities women took on. What social changes occurred to allow women to work, such as the provision of child care?