World War One and the ANZAC experience involved women and impacted profoundly on their lives, just as it did the rest of the population – although in often diverse and distinct ways.
A hundred years ago, women in Australia didn’t have the social, economic and political rights we take for granted today. Nevertheless they made up half the population, and the Great War involved women and changed them just as it did the men. The experience of war also significantly affected relationships between men and women, not just as individuals, but affected gender relations in Australian society more broadly.
This blog is based on research that I’ve been doing on the history of Australian women’s experiences of the Great War, as part of my NSW Centenary of Anzac Commemoration History Fellowship. It’s where I will be posting stories about different individual women whose stories of life during WWI have captured my imagination. I think these stories deserve to be shared more widely.
I hope you enjoy exploring the site! I will be adding to it over the coming months and into 2017 and 2018.
All posts ©Victoria Haskins 2016-18