Supporting Soldiers’ Wives and Families in the Great War: What Was Transformed?

TitleSupporting Soldiers’ Wives and Families in the Great War: What Was Transformed?
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMorton, Desmond
EditorGlassford, Sarah, and Amy Shaw
Book TitleA Sisterhood of Suffering and Service: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the First World War
Pagination195-218
PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press
CityVancouver
Abstract

This chapter argues that policy led to perceptible transformation as women, the designated beneficiaries of Separation Allowance, Assigned Pay, and the Canadian Patriotic Fund (CPF), began to support the expensive proposition that their husbands and sons deserved salaries big enough to discharge their familial responsibilities. The complex, patient work of unearthing the experience of the wives, mothers, and children of soldiers can benefit from an understanding of the intentions of government officials when they accepted "the manly duty,” as they viewed it, of providing for soldiers' families. [Author]

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