Until the time of the Crimean War when, through the great foresight and sheer determination of Florence Nightingale, nurses were placed close to the fields of combat, it was generally held by governments that women were of little value in military zones. By the second decade of the 20th century, however, their usefulness behind the scenes was being recognised. Since the start of the First World War, women began to work in many roles. Many of these roles were dangerous. Women would be discriminated against in many of these roles. This website explores a lot, but not all of the roles women had during World War One and Two.