Women of the Empire in War Time: In Honour of their Great Devotion and Self-Sacrifice


This book was published in London in 1916 by the Dominion of Canada News Company to celebrate the contributions and sacrifice of the women of the British Empire in support of the Allies during World War I. Among the individuals extolled is Edith Cavell, a British nurse working in Brussels, who saved both German and Belgian lives and who was executed in 1915 by German authorities for helping Allied soldiers escape to the Netherlands, a neutral country. Different articles express admiration for the women of the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Saint John Ambulance Brigade, voluntary aid detachments of the British Red Cross Society, organizations from the different states and territories of the Australian Commonwealth, the New Zealand War Contingent Association, the South African Comforts Committee, and the Newfoundland War Contingent Association. Also celebrated are the American Women’s War Relief Fund, the Salvation Army, the work done by “the women of the stage,” and the large numbers of new women workers in factories. Other articles note the contributions of Canadian women on farms, in industry, as nurses, and in other forms of war work, and praise the women’s suffrage organizations for setting aside their political aspirations during the war. The editor notes in closing that “owing to the great enterprise and enthusiasm displayed by the women of all classes during the War, a vast field for their irrepressible energies has been opened up that will never again be closed.” The book contains numerous advertisements for a variety of goods, services, and causes, ranging from an appeal for contributions to the Interned Belgian Soldiers’ Fund to an advertisement for a certain type of a mop for use in houses with fewer servants than in peacetime.

Last updated: January 4, 2016