Who Do You Think You Are?

Changing Roles

Women After The Great War


Women made rapid changes to their lives at the end of the First World War, and helped to reshape their world so that they could more fully participat­e. Women’s football emerged as the new activity in female sports, with newspapers reporting on all-female matches. Remarkable women were busy changing other people’s lives, too. Eglantyne Jebb founded Save the Children, in response to the plight of the children of Europe. Marie Stopes opened Britain’s first birthcontr­ol clinic, as well as writing a book on the subject, Married

Love. The 1919

Sex Disqualifi­cation (Removal) Act removed the bar on women entering the profession­s, and enabled female jurors to takee seats on adultery cases.

Even in lesssalubr­ious areas of life, women were making their mark. A notorious gang of female shoplifter­s known as the ‘Forty Elephants’, operating since at least the late 19th century, robbed West End stores. Kate Meyrick ran nightclubs that operated as pick-up spots for returning soldiers. And Agatha Christie was writing detective novels at the same time as reallife murderer Edith Thompson was making headlines.

This exploratio­n of key stages of change for women is a good read for anyone who is unfamiliar with this territory.

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Female jurors, after a 1919 Act meant that they could sit on adultery cases
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