A Brief Overview of the Past
It was not until eighty-five years after the revolution that women began to play some kind of a role in war. During the Revolution, women tended endlessly on the farms and businesses while their men were at war. With no contact with war and the loss of many men, women suffered with high prices, loneliness and a continual hard working life.
It was not until 1858 when the Civil War sprang that the role of American women in war changed. Their way of life was different as they not only tended the farms and business, but worked in the factories as well. Here we see women working side by side with men, and this is what led their path into the war.
The Civil War allowed women to participate in war with their men, but as helpers. Nurses were the first step in women's role in society. At this time one is to keep in mind, they were not yet entitled to vote and therefor not part of citizenship. They were neither encouraged to participate in war.
This was a time when people would rather witness men dying on the battle ground than "subject the innocence of womenhood to the sight of male bodies." (Whetherford, Intro). But it was from here on that women's future roles become more dominate and serious.