On 6 February 1918 the Representation of the People Act received Royal Assent and women aged 30 or over who resided in a constituency or occupied land or premises with a rateable value above £5, or whose husbands did, were given the right to vote in parliamentary elections in Great Britain and Ireland. Any women aged 21 … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 43 – Votes for Women!
On 7 July 1917 the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the first all-women unit in the British Army, was officially instituted. Between 1917 and 1921 over forty thousand women served, of whom around seventeen thousand served overseas (although not all at the same time). The WAAC owes its creation to two Scottish women who were … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 36 – Centenary of the WAAC
The first book I ever owned about the roles women played in WWI was The Virago Book of Women and the Great War, edited by Joyce Marlow. In her introduction she begins with a quote from Mable Potter Daggett, an American journalist who, before the USA entered the war, travelled across the Atlantic to report … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 31 – Women and the War