Nursing in war
When war broke out women found ways to contribute to the war efforts of their countries, albeit within the limitations set on them by society: they raised funds, wrote letters, sent care parcels, knitted and waited for their men to return.
But in almost all countries there was at least one way in which women could leave home and go to war: nursing. For those women who wanted to take an active role in their country’s war effort, nursing was really their only option. Nursing in war was dangerous and exhausting work but, despite the risks involved, the ideal nurse still conformed to a traditionally feminine ideal: she was nurturing, caring and compassionate.
An Ottoman Red Crescent postcard featuring a Turkish volunteer nurse administering first-aid to a wounded soldier.