women were conscripted to the war effort for the first time in 1941.Women's
branches of the British forces were quickly reinstated. Women were
also conscripted to civilian war work in factories, on the land
and in civil defence - though they were rarely paid the same wage
targeted during this war which made the home front a dangerous as
well as difficult place to be. Women bore the responsibility of
feeding, clothing and keeping their families together.
Images of women
were used for recruiting women to war work but were also used to
warn of the dangers of spies and VD.
Women who opposed
the war were treated with more understanding than during the First
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