This photograph shows a strike held by seamstresses in May 1917. They were protesting against a mandatory, unpaid half-day’s leave per week. In the situation where the entire country was mobilised in support of the war, the rise of military expenditure unbalanced the budget, leading to inflation. Daily life became increasingly difficult in large cities, triggering numerous social movements.
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- Susan Grayzel
Professor Susan R Grayzel studies the range of roles women carried out in World War One within domestic labour, waged industrial labour, and military nursing and doctoring.