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100 years later British Women in WW1 1914-18. A time of change Before 1914 – women did not have the vote; After 1918 – some women did have the vote (not.

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1 100 years later British Women in WW

2 A time of change Before 1914 – women did not have the vote; After 1918 – some women did have the vote (not all until 1928); During WW1 women worked in a wider range of occupations including munitions and other war related work; Women also broke new ground in occupations previously not open to them.

3 Vera Brittain Born 29 th December 1893, Newcastle; Attended Somerville College, Oxford to study English Literature; Worked as a VAD during WW1 Her brother, fiance and two close friends were killed She later wrote ‘Testament of Youth’ Died in 1970

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5 Dorothy L Sayers Born, Oxford, 13 th June 1893 Read Modern Languages at Somerville College, Oxford. Writer and dramatist, died 1957

6 Edith Cavell Born 4 th December 1865, Norfolk A nurse in Brussels in 1914, training Belgian nurses Arrested for helping allied servicemen escape from Belgium Executed by firing squad on 12 th October 1915 "I realise that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone".

7 Constance Coltman Read history at Somerville College, Oxford; Trained for ministry at Mansfield College, Oxford (1 st female student) Ordained 17 th September 1917 into the Congregational Union of England and Wales Life long pacifist

8 Maude Royden Born 23 rd November 1876; Studied at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford Anglican lay preacher, suffragist and pacifist Died 30 th July 1956

9 Women’s suffrage Partial – 1918: aged over 30 years (men could vote if over 21); Full

10 Dorothy L Sayers Perhaps it is no wonder that women were the first at the Cradle and the last at the Cross. They had never known a man like this Man— there never has been another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, never flattered or coaxed or patronized; who never made arch jokes about them, never treated them as ‘the women, God help us’ or ‘the ladies, God bless them!’; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took their arguments seriously; who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; who had no axe to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took them as he found them and was completely unself-conscious. There is no act, no sermon, no parable in the whole Gospel that borrows its pungency from female perversity; nobody could possibly guess from the words or deeds of Jesus that there was anything ‘funny’ about woman’s nature.”


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