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In 1918 the enfranchisement of women changed the political landscape of Britain because a lot of things were enabled for women. There was a big change in the political landscape because women were now in the picture whereas before women were seen as the house keepers which they would just sit at home and take care of the house and children. They would do roles such as cleaning, washing and ironing. Women were restricted from a lot of things, they never had the right to vote, and they could never get equal pay as men would normally get doing the same job. They were looked down upon and never got any freedom. Leading up to the First World War we see how the emergence of women’s enfranchisement started, women had a different role to play. The army needed a lot of men so the men had to leave for the first world war from then on a lot of things began to change, for example a lot of job vacancies, new roles for women in the society, freedom to be able to control their lives and have a say in the society. These times working class women had always worked but later on some would have given up work for marriage or having children. For middle class and upper class women it was the first time they would work outside of the home. They might do Peade work. During the war women did a lot of voluntary work to help the men during the war, they did jobs such as knitting socks for them because when they are in a trench their feet gets wet very quickly. Women were doing things that had been done by men, they had to undertake the work that men done after they went to fight in the war. They were lots of jobs available for women as part of the war effort. Jobs such as policing, working in the post office, driving the bus, they also took part in the making of weapons. Weapons were highly needed to be able to survive in the war so most women worked in the munitions factory. The government really had no choice but to employ women in the work force because they needed large number of men in the war. Also, a lot of men would break a leg or get injured so they wouldn’t be fit to work anymore. During this time women worked really hard but they got paid less. The government used delusion of labour to get women to work in the factories. If you had a skilled job for example, making ammunitions, you break it down into a series of smaller and less skilled tasks rather than having one person making the whole product from the beginning to end. The aim was that you have one person perhaps loading the gun powder another topping it off so that you can share the tasks out amongst different people. That meant that women could do these roles. Women were seen has not capable of doing the same things has men and also wanting to protect male jobs, not wanting women who was seen has being paid less and not being has competent from taking jobs from men. Women worked in the munitions factories. The conditions in the factory was very poor and unhygienic. They risked their lives for this because they worked with a substance called TNT this was the chemical that is used for the explosives in the weapons that were made. This chemical would turn thousands of workers skin yellow. Many of them died from working in this factories, because they were not properly looked after and no safety precautions were taken when handling dangerous chemicals. Although, working in these munition factories earned the women more wages than they had before the war, workers in the munition factories were still not getting paid enough because when the men were working in the factories doing similar jobs they would get almost double of what the women were getting paid. Women were treated unfairly working in the munition factories, they were not properly monitored and taking care of and also they weren’t giving any safety precautions in handling dangerous chemicals.These times they were thousands of women who was employed, not just employed in ordinary jobs such as driving buses and trains and getting It running or trying to keep factories going but women were involved in things like policing people. We then get the first woman police officer. The first was appointed in 1915. Later on during the year by December 1915 women became up to four thousand doing this role of policing. They wore the uniforms and had to abide by the rules and regulations but they couldn’t actually be sworn in because they didn’t have the right to vote so they weren’t legally competent to be a police officer and make arrests. They did a lot of policing of women’s behaviour and trying to prevent of what was known as khaki fever. This was about young women being taking by soldiers in uniform and they were so excited in seeing men in uniforms. When men went to war women wouldn’t really see a lot of men around the area, they would live their lives amongst women so whenever the troops came home they would get so excited. So they were trying to stop women from having extramarital relationships with troops to try to reduce rates of sexually transmitted diseases and to keep the morals of British women pure. 

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