Women, War & Society, 1914-1918

Women, War & Society is an online, fully-searchable, full-text resource from Gale. The First World War had a revolutionary and permanent impact on the personal, social and professional lives of all women. Their essential contribution to the war in Europe is fully documented in this definitive collection of primary source materials sourced from the Imperial War Museum, London.  

These unique documents — charity and international relief reports, pamphlets, photographs and press cuttings — are published here for the first time in fully searchable form, along with interpretative essays from leading scholars. Together these documents form an indispensable resource for the study of 20th century social, political, military and gender history.

Researchers can study themes such as the day-to-day life in wartime hospitals, women's activities in Canada, Australia, South Africa and other regions of the world, as well as review the numerous accounts of hardship, heroism and loyalty. Included are documents from the Air Ministry, the British Refugees from Turkey Fund, Daily Express Scheme, First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, Ilford Women's War Help Society, League of Mercy and War Fund, Mine Sweepers' Fund, New Zealand War Contingent Association, Purple Cross Service, Razors Fund, Russian Relief Fund, Silver Thimble Fund, and South African Hospital and Comforts Fund and many other organisations.

Materials include:
  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Newspaper cuttings, magazines
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Leaflets and pamphlets
  • Reports
  • Lists
  • Instructions memoranda
  • Agenda
  • Programs
  • Statistics
  • Circulars
  • Balance sheets
  • Regulations
  • Invitations

The collection is grouped under the following section headings, which may be searched separately:
Armenia, Army, Belgium, Benevolent Organisation, British Red Cross Society, Colonies, Czechoslovakia, Decoration, Education, Employment, Food, France, India, Italy, Journals, Land, Local Records, Maternity & Child Welfare, Montenegro, Munitions, Poland, Prisoners, Relief, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Suffrage & Politics, Supplementary Material, Switzerland, Syria, USA, Volunteer Corp, Women's Royal Air Force and Women's Royal Naval Service.