Paper Title

[2.2] National Crises in the Great War as Catalysts for Changing Gender Roles in Britain and Russia

Location

Arts & Education 162, Moderated by Dr. Tina Block

Start Date

18-1-2019 5:00 PM

End Date

18-1-2019 6:15 PM

Disciplines

History | History of Gender

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Over the course of World War I, women in both Russia and Britain advanced their economic and political standings in society. National crises of varying degrees accelerated movements towards gender equality and helped to tear down traditional gender roles which had persisted for centuries. Britain, which experienced a relatively distant war experience when compared to the French or Russian war efforts, presented more and more opportunities for women to help with the war as it progressed and the fighting came to target war production at home. In Russia, where the war threatened the whole of society, women were accepted into fighting forces and sent to the front with rifles in hand. Furthermore, following the Russian Revolution of 1917, every able bodied fighter, male or female, was a welcome addition to the brawl over the remnants of the Tsarist Russian Empire. It was in these moments of national crises that women in both Russia and Britain took advantage of a tumultuous sociopolitical setting in order to take significant steps in advancing gender equality. Over a period of four destructive years, traditional gender roles were disassembled and rebuilt in a manner which otherwise would have take decades, if not centuries.

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[2.2] National Crises in the Great War as Catalysts for Changing Gender Roles in Britain and Russia

Arts & Education 162, Moderated by Dr. Tina Block

Over the course of World War I, women in both Russia and Britain advanced their economic and political standings in society. National crises of varying degrees accelerated movements towards gender equality and helped to tear down traditional gender roles which had persisted for centuries. Britain, which experienced a relatively distant war experience when compared to the French or Russian war efforts, presented more and more opportunities for women to help with the war as it progressed and the fighting came to target war production at home. In Russia, where the war threatened the whole of society, women were accepted into fighting forces and sent to the front with rifles in hand. Furthermore, following the Russian Revolution of 1917, every able bodied fighter, male or female, was a welcome addition to the brawl over the remnants of the Tsarist Russian Empire. It was in these moments of national crises that women in both Russia and Britain took advantage of a tumultuous sociopolitical setting in order to take significant steps in advancing gender equality. Over a period of four destructive years, traditional gender roles were disassembled and rebuilt in a manner which otherwise would have take decades, if not centuries.