What did women do on the home front in the war?
Life for women changed a lot because men were away at war.
Many women took paid jobs outside the home for the first time.
By 1918 there were five million women working in Britain.
The money they earned helped the family's budget and they made new friends in the factory, office or shop.
What jobs did women do in towns?
Lots of women took jobs in shops and offices
Some women were so good at typing that they became known as 'typewriters' - named after the machines they used!
What jobs did women do in the countryside?
Women worked in all areas of farming, including operating ploughs, a large machine which prepares soil for growing crops.
Food production became very important due to shortages because of the war.
How did women on the home front help the war effort?
Like the women who went to help on the front line, women in Britain also worked for the war effort.
The war created lots of new jobs. Other jobs focused on protecting people.
How did life change for women?
Despite doing the same jobs as men, women were paid less.
Shop workers were paid around half as much. Teachers earned less than 80 per cent of a man's salary.
Only British men were allowed to vote to choose a government.
This was unfair and lots of women protested to demand better rights.
In 1918 many women over the age of 30 were given the right to vote.
In 1928 this was extended to all women over the age of 21.
Life on the home front during the war let women prove they could work as hard as men in a wide range of jobs. They deserved the same rights.