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"What does it matter if a few women fall by the way? Our men are dying in their thousands"
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
- Elitkvinnorna och deras välgörenhetsorganisation Liverpool Women´s War Service Bureau 1914–1918 (Swedish)
Abstract [sv]

Liverpool Women´s War Service Bureau

(LWWSB) was a charity that was founded and run by some of Liverpool’s upper-class women during the Great War in 1914-1918. The purpose with this paper is to investigate the work changes LWWSB had to deal with during the war. The focus will be on class, gender and the political quest the upper-class women had in the time before women were entitled to vote. It was also a time when Great Britain was not a welfare state and the class system was well imprinted in the British society. The information about this study was found in Liv-erpool´s history archives in Liverpool Library. The sources contain yearly reports written by LWWSB´s hon.secretary, index over parcels, people they helped, gifts received by donors, letters from soldiers and the newspaper archive.

The result shows that LWWSB was very productive, but that the voluntary workers decreased by the year. The women from lower classes had to get paid jobs to provide for their families and homes when the men had to leave the home front to fight in the war. The result also shows the differences between classes in the charity, for example upper-class women were head of the charity and ruled over the work of lower-class women. Even though the purpose with LWWSB was that women of all classes would work together to support the society with war service during the Great War.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
Liverpool Women´s War Service Bureau, women, class, charity, volun-tary work, Liverpool, Great Britain, World War I.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-29348OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-29348DiVA, id: diva2:1284174
Available from: 2019-01-31 Created: 2019-01-31

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