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‘Doing Their Little Bit’: Women’s Organisation of Jamaican World War I Efforts

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This chapter will focus on the concept of the twentieth-century Jamaican woman and the response of Jamaican women to World War I. It briefly examines the various forces that impacted women’s roles and status on the eve of war and highlights the mobilisation of women for an international war effort for the first time in Jamaican history. Though women were not eligible for service as soldiers, they were widely encouraged to ‘do their little bit’ in seeing to the Empire’s victory. Eventually, this ‘bit’ became a widespread local movement to produce war supplies and catapulted women in the limelight in ways which would determine new boundaries of citizenship.

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  1. 1.University of the West IndiesKingstonJamaica

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