Women's support for the war was vigorously courted. 1. Women served in the service and as auxillaries in the Red Cross. Women entered the workforce in tradition male roles in the railroads, munitions plants, and metal working.The war also expanded the number of clerical workers, jobs that lasted after the war was over. RR women were not jobs that lasted.
The National American Woman Suffrage Association made links between poor working conditions, unequal pay, and long hours to not having the vote. Women marched, picketed, were opposed, and ridiculed, and made fun of. They allied with Wilson in support of war work, and Wilson declared women’s suffrage was “vital” for winning the war.See also Alice Paul and the National Women’s Party, the more radical and political wing of the movement.
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