The position of women in society altered as a result of the implications of war and changing attitudes to women and their role within society.
During the two World Wars large numbers of men left Britain to serve abroad. Efforts in the field had to be supported by trained and educated individuals and workers at home and many women stepped into these roles left by men.
The rights of women to vote and work were gradually recognised in legislation. The 1918 Qualification of
Women Act granted partial suffrage to women, while
the 1928 Equal Franchise Act extended their rights to vote on equal terms with men.