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Before the World War I, women typically played the role of the homemaker. Women were judged by their beauty rather than by their ability. Their position and status were directed towards maintaining the annual duties of the family and children. These duties consisted of cleaning and caring for the house, caring for the young, cooking for the family, maintaining a yard, and sewing clothing for all. Women had worked in textile industries and other industries as far back as 1880, but had been kept out of heavy industries and other positions involving any real responsibility. Just before the war, women began to break away from the traditional roles they had played.

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The Patriotic League also organized girls for wartime activities. A branch of the Patriotic League, the National Organization for Girls, which was active in social service work and war services. It was organized in Seattle in 1918 to organize the city’s patriotic girls for real war activities. An editorial piece in the Seattle Argus newspaper covered the story of young girls who had donated bed shirts to the Red Cross with the money that they had made at work. One article pointed out that, “Hundreds – Probably thousands are doing their utmost to help win the war. They are the private soldiers.” Girls and women were soldiers armed with patriotism and hard work.


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Young women and girls worked as nurses during World War I. Help wanted ads looking for nurses increased as days passed by, “Girl: 16 years, wants a position as a nurse.” When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, the Navy had 160 nurses on active duty. Over the next year and a half, this number increased more than eight-fold as the Nurse Corps expanded to meet the war's demands, “Growth was gradual, with 345 Navy Nurses serving by mid-1917, 155 of them members of the U.S. Naval Reserve Force.” Young women volunteered to join the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) and First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY). VAD's came from a variety of backgrounds: cooks, domestic servants, laundry workers etc. Their medical training was basic, but the fact that they went to the war zone meant that they could help badly wounded soldiers and give them basic medical treatment. VAD's did not get paid, as it was a voluntary appointment. Those who joined the FANY's had a less thrilling time than VAD’s. They had to drive an ambulance and run soup kitchens for the soldiers and helped to organize baths for those soldiers given some time off from the front line.

World War I was to give women a chance to show a male-dominated society that they could do more than simply bring up children and stay at home. In World War I, women played a vital role in keeping soldiers equipped with ammunition and in many senses they kept the nation moving through their help in various industries. With so many young men volunteering to join the army, and with so many casualties in the war, a space was created in employment and women were called on to fill these gaps. World War I was to prove a turning point for women. Before the war, women had no socio-economic power at all. By the end of the war, women had proved that they were just as important to the war effort as men had been. Women found employment in transportation including the railroads and driving cars, ambulances, and trucks, nursing, factories making ammunition, on farms in the Women's Land Army, in shipyards etc. Before the war, these jobs had been for men only with the exception of nursing.