Women who live through any war are inspirational – personally my grandmothers have been my biggest inspiration, and they both lived through World War Two – one in Australia and one in Europe. Born at the end of the Great War, they were young mothers at the time of the second. Both suffered and had to cope in different ways, but it made them the strong women they became.
On the home front in Australia, England and the US had to deal with the consequences of war – managing children and family responsibilities alone, shortages of resources, as well as their fears for the future, and the grief and trauma of losing loved ones.
Many women were also actively involved as nurses and in other active service duties, and contributed more actively to war efforts through military service or in other jobs that had always been the preserve of men; they worked in factories and shipyards, as members of the Women’s Land Army and as Official War Artists.
In Europe (and England) women also had to deal with the threat of attack, imprisonment, torture, starvation and death.
We remember those who fought and fell on ANZAC Day and Remembrance day and through other ceremonies – this blog aims to remember those ordinary women who coped with war the best they could, through articles, photos, letters and advertisements of the time, mostly from magazines of the period.
Here’s to all women who have lived through war, and my Grandmothers who I miss every day – Thank you for being inspiring.
As a troopship sails in Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, in December 1939 a small group of women wave farewell from the wharf. Source