First World War Women

Their war, their lives, their stories

"It used to be said that war did not concern women.  There never was a grain of truth in it, and now we have learnt how deeply and terribly it does concern us."

Some of Viv's talks about women in the Great War

Recent Talk -  Suffrage Women "Doing Their Bit"

Munitions Workers  - "Cogs in the Machinery of war".

See - Viv's evocative Letter to the Unknown Soldier.

Read All About It! - Myth-busting stories!

Lines of Dissent -  One woman fooled the censor!

Standing up to the War  Office -  Women who wouldn't "go home and sit still!"

They Shoot Spies!  - Germany's spymistress.

Medical Women -   Thousands serving on all fronts.

Spying for Belgium. Dying for Belgium - loyalty cost women dearly, even one   decorated  by both sides!

Royal Red Cross Medal


Allied women received medals from  Great Britain, France, Belgium, Serbia and even Germany! British newspapers  asked "Why not VCs for women?"   More...

Proud young servicewoman

War Front

Allied women served in vital roles in every theatre of the war - France, Belgium,  Mesopotamia (now Iraq), Greece, Serbia, Egypt, India and Russia.  More...

Feeding the nation

Home Front

British women fed the nation, made munitions, knitted, sewed, kept  factories working, wrote poetry, raised money for the war effort, many died for their country.   More...


Back on stage after 100 years!

  • Changing Roles - women in the aftermath of the Great war

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