World War I saw many women occupy positions that had previously largely only been held by men. Some of these positions included bus conductors, postal workers, bank tellers, police officers, firefighters, and factory workers.
Kathryn J. Atwood, author of Women Heroes of World War I has said the following of women who lived during that time:
“During the conflict that was placed before them, they not only gained the gratitude of many in their own generation but they proved, for the first time on a global scale, the enormous value of a woman’s contribution, paving the way for future generations of women to do the same.”
In Britain, women were instrumental in encouraging men to fight in the war. Posters and other propaganda were created to prod men into serving in the war. One of the best known quotes on these posters said:
"Women of Britain say go."
However, women's actions during World War I were more powerful than the propagandizing of their words. Author Belinda Davis' quote about the heavy burden placed on women during World War I was powerful:
"When her work day was done, she went looking for food to buy, often standing in line for hours for scarce basic goods, scrounged for hard-to-come-by fuel to feed the furnace and cooked dinner. She washed the children, put them to bed, cleaned up and wrote a letter to her husband, keeping her worry off the page, before sleeping a few hours. And then she got up and did it again."