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Ladies 'doing their bit' for the war effort in the north-east of Scotland.

Pedersen, Sarah

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Sarah Pedersen

Abstract

My son's primary school class recently undertook a project on the First World War. One of the topics that the children could choose to study was 'Women in the War' and the usual subjects were included - nurses, VADs, munitionettes and the women's auxiliary services. As was obvious from the wall displays, such contributions to the war effort were mostly undertaken by unmarried, younger women, although of course many of the organisations were under the (nominal at least) leadership of older men. There were very few photographs or descriptions of older women in the children's project. As Braybon points out, it is young and photogenic women who were most likely to receive attention and become part of the photographic record of the war.1 This led me to ask where the older married women were during the war. What was their contribution to the war effort and how has it been perceived by posterity?

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 31, 2015
Journal Women's history: the journal of the women's history network
Print ISSN 2059-0156
Electronic ISSN 2059-0148
Publisher Women's History Network
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 2
Pages 16-20
Institution Citation PEDERSEN, S. 2015. Ladies 'doing their bit' for the war effort in the north-east of Scotland. Women's history: the journal of the women's history network [online], 2(2), pages 16-20. Available from: http://womenshistorynet...ns-history-summer-2015/
Keywords First World War; Women; Contribution; War effort
Publisher URL http://womenshistorynetwork.org/womens-history-summer-2015/

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