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100 years ago: Women and the war

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17 July 2015

July 16th, 1915.

IN THE organizing of processions women are supremely resourceful and efficient, and we doubt not that the march to Whitehall tomorrow will, weather permitting, be, as a pageant, an unqualified success. Its purpose, moreover, is entirely laudable: it is to convince Mr Lloyd George, if he should need convincing, that if the country is to be saved women must be allowed to help. The service, they say, that they can render in this war is enough to make the difference between defeat and victory. We entirely agree, and all that is wanted is that some authority shall tell them what to do. Women, like many men who are unable to bear arms, are at a loss to know how and where to employ such powers of work as they possess. This is where the Registration law will be of initial use. Systematically administered, it will supply the authorities with information concerning the circumstances of each person registered, his age, physical condition, and fitness or unfitness for this or that species of work. It is the strong desire of women not to be excluded from this census of the nation, and it seems to us only reasonable that they should obtain their desire. They have worked in a multitude of diverse ways since the moment when war was declared, but some of their work has been wasted for lack of organization. When every man and woman is registered, it will be possible to get the maximum of well-directed labour out of the entire people, and there will be no time for anyone to indulge in the fatuous recreations on which we comment in the succeeding paragraph.

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