Women in the First World War
in Women in the Weimar Republic
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This chapter explores women's role in the economy and society during the First World War. It assesses the war's significance for the roles and perceptions of women in the Weimar Republic. Much welfare work was undertaken voluntarily by middle- and upper-class women. Members of the Nationaler Frauendienst (NFD) played key roles within the war welfare offices which communities set up to cater for all those affected economically by the war. Nearly all of Germany's major cities experienced disturbances by women over food shortages during the war. Women's behaviour became increasingly the object of public scrutiny and debate. Claudia Siebrecht has claimed that 'bourgeois German women, and members of the women's movement in particular, were among the most fervent and consistent supporters of the German war effort'.

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