Women in World War I


World War I brought many changes for women. Some stepped into roles left vacant by men now serving overseas, while others helped the war effort as nurses, telephone operators, and more. This book explores the wartime roles of women around the world.

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World War I brought many changes for women. Some stepped into roles left vacant by men now serving overseas, while others helped the war effort as nurses, telephone operators, and more. This book explores the wartime roles of women around the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
World War I was fought on such a vast geographic, material, and human resources basis that it was of little surprise that women were called upon to fill voids created by the absence of literally tens of millions of able-bodied men. In a conflict where human labor on the home front was nearly as critical as the efforts of soldiers at the war front it swiftly became clear that women would have to be mobilized and put to work. As a result, numerous vocations became open to women in fields hitherto taboo for them. Women were recruited to serve in great numbers in the nursing field inclusive of hospital stations literally at the front. Factories required thousands of women to help build trucks, burnish artillery shells, or work in munitions plants to name just a few of the industrial jobs open to them during the war. City women were recruited to migrate to the countryside and help with food production on farms. In the cities, women filled the role of bus drivers, conductors, or porters in order to support the domestic transit systems. Generally, the war years created the opportunity for women to work outside their homes in ways that could not have even been imagined prior to 1914. Sadly, these opportunities came at great cost as they were created by a war that took men from their families and either never returned them or all too often sent them back broken in some way. It is this story of the transformation of women’s roles in the social fabric during World War I that Nick Hunter addresses in this well written and thoughtful introductory work. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 10 to 14.
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Most of the sections in these books ask and answer a question about some aspect of World War I. The short chapters are paired with large period photos, effective maps, and "In Their Own Words" primary-source excerpts. Campaigns is the weakest of the group, mostly because of the difficulty of adequately explaining the complex origins and outbreak of the war in the available space. The other titles, which all have more limited scopes, are more successful. While the question-and-answer format is effective for providing introductory facts, much of this material has been so widely covered in extant sets, such Raintree's "The World Wars" for this age group and Lucent's "American War Library" for slightly older readers, that these books will be supplemental purchases for most libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432980849
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Series: Remembering World War I Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Hunter has written more than 30 books for young people. He has a degree in Modern History and specializes in writing about history and social studies. Nick enjoys all aspects of pop culture, particularly music from the 1950s to the present day. Before becoming an author, Nick worked in educational publishing for many years. He lives in Oxford, UK with his wife and two sons.
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