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Botswana 1939–1945An African Country at War$
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Ashley Jackson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207641.001.0001

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The Home Front: Women Soldiering On

The Home Front: Women Soldiering On

(p.147) 7 The Home Front: Women Soldiering On
Botswana 1939–1945

Ashley Jackson

Oxford University Press

Because of the recruitment measures for mobilizing the men in Bechuanaland to serve in the British army, it is important to note that the resulting absence of men within the community also had several important effects on the community's social life. It had particularly large effects on the women, as they had to manage their families, maintain their property, and undergo other social and family pressures. In some cases, the women immersed themselves in war work, since this would also provide them with the means for staying in contact with their sons and husbands who had been recruited as soldiers. Although the authorities were able to provide communications measures, it seemed more difficult to provide aid for the soldier's property and family issues. This chapter provides accounts of how women became involved in war work and how mutual support was provided.

Keywords:   women, war work, mutual support, family issues, property

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