“…the principle of employing women in this country [France] is accepted and they will be made use of wherever conditions admit.” - Field Marshall, Sir Douglas Haig. (March, 1917).
When examining the role of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, it is first important to consider the role of women in the early part of the twentieth century. At this time, women were still victim to a number of gender inequalities. However, from the horror and tragedy of the first world war, came very positive advances in the fight for women’s rights.
For example, women over thirty were, at long last, granted the right to vote in the U.K., in 1918. There can be little doubt that the significant role played by women during the First World War was a major factor in this political decision.