Women at the Western Front
Ever wonder what hello girls, canaries, and the rose of No Man’s Land have to do with World War One? Dressed as an ambulance driver for the Motor Corps, Tames discusses the various work women did at the Western Front during the War to End All Wars.
With Britain alone sending over 100,000 women—most of them volunteers—to the Western Front, women played an important role serving their country and saving thousands of lives. This program explores the various work women did at the Western Front in World War One as nurses and for the first time as doctors, ambulance drivers, and motorcycle messengers for the newly formed Royal Air Force. They also worked in a myriad of other jobs, many of which put them in danger of being shelled on a daily basis.
The war was a pivotal point in many ways but especially for women’s emancipation. Many of these women went straight from Edwardian drawing rooms to the horrors of the battlefield, and they left no doubt in anyone’s mind that they could face the hardships of war with courage and composure, thus paving the way for women’s rights to become a reality.
Interspersed with dramatized diary entries from women who were there and stunning period photographs, Tames brings to life what it was like to be a woman who volunteered for service on both the war and the home fronts.