First World War Women
Their war, their lives, their stories
Allied women showed considerable bravery. The British popular press even demanded to know - "Why not VCs for women?"
Heroism came in many forms, unflinching service under fire, refusal to evacuate hospitals when caught in no-man's-land, saving comrades from certain death, sheer dedication to duty.
For those allied women, located in occupied territories, gallantry might mean being the Allies 'eyes-and-ears' as spies. For some, this ended inevitably in execution, But even then, these women were defiant to the end, As Gabrielle Petit eloquently told her executioners before they shot her, "I'll show you a Belgian girl knows how to die."
Allied women were awarded many medals from numerous countries:
(Photos of the Reims Monument Hommage aux Infirmières and Gabrielle Petit courtesy Wikipedia)
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