History KS3 / GCSE: War work for women during World War One

Kate Adie explores the change of attitude in women when war arrived on the home front in December 1914, killing scores of civilians in Scarborough and Hartlepool.

They took this opportunity to do something useful and gain independence.

The aristocracy were first into action and a variety of organisations were formed sending women to France as ambulance drivers or doing skilled training, though most did cooking, cleaning and errands.

Kate talks about the women's honorary colonel Evelina Haverfield, a determined suffragette veteran and the roles the working class women took on to fill the gaps of the men away fighting.

Teacher Notes

Students could look at the different roles women took on and how they would go about forming a voluntary organisation.

What factors need to be considered?

What resources, skills etc. are required?

They could then look at how this compares to today and how attitudes have changed.

Curriculum notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS3, KS4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland.

Also at Third Level, Fourth Level, National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA GCSE and SQA.

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