Of course, the most important area of application of female labor was the field of medicine. We know about the ascetic work of women - doctors and, of course, sisters of mercy.
Representatives of the elite of society and even women from the ranks of the imperial family did not disdain to work as ordinary sisters of mercy. So, K. Popov, who was treated at the Tsarskoye Selo infirmary, recalled how he had witnessed the daily hard work of the great princesses, who were daily caring for the wounded and dressing. The Empress also worked as a simple sister of mercy.
Many sisters of mercy committed a feat on the battlefield and were awarded with military awards.
For example, the paramedic, a volunteer of the 186 Infantry Regiment of the Aslanduz Regiment, Elena Konstantinovna Tsebrzhinskaya distinguished herself in November of the 1914 year. She arrived at the regiment as a "volunteer medical assistant Tsetnersky". And, being at the 7 th regiment company, the paramedic carried traveling troubles on a par with the fighters, encouraging the latter and setting an example of personal valor. So, November 2 as a volunteer "paramedic" under a strong shrapnel fire climbed a tree and looked out for the location of the enemy's artillery and machine guns - greatly facilitating the attack of fellow soldiers. On November 11, under the heavy fire of the enemy, the paramedic selflessly performed dressings until he was wounded by a fragment of a projectile - but continued to assist the wounded. And, finally, having forgotten about his own wound, under artillery fire he made the company commander from the front line.
And then it turned out that the volunteer paramedic was obstetrician EK Tsebrzhinskaya. Her husband went to the front, and she followed suit. Leaving 2 sons with her father, changed into a man's suit and with one of the marching companies, she ended up in the 186 regiment with which she reached Czestochowa.
EK Tsebrzhinskaya was awarded a rare for a woman award - the Order of St. George 4 degree (the Emperor personally considered the award case) and 2 June 1915 became a medical assistant of the 3 Caucasian Red Front.
The sisters of mercy assisted the wounded and sick on both sides of the front line.
Finally, it is worth remembering the sisters of mercy of Russia's allies, including those who worked on the Russian front.
The sisters worked both in medical institutions and at nutritional centers for the needy - above all the refugees.
As well as in the Refugee Assistance Bureau, in nursing homes, etc.
In Europe, the active movement of the so-called. suffragettes - the women's movement for equality with men. So, in 1915, several detachments of English suffragist women arrived in France - they were divided into companies by 500 people and used to serve as signalmen, chauffeurs, etc.
Finally, the women worked in the defense industry, transport
engaged in socially useful activities and charity.
Finally, the fair sex fought in the ranks of the army in the field. Here it is necessary to recall “the cavalry maiden of the First World War,” Margarita Romanovna Kokovtseva, who fought with the enemy in the ranks of the 1 Astrakhan Cossack regiment. As the regiment’s military magazine testifies, the 20 of November 1914 of the regimental units conducted a joint battle with the Guards Cossack Division. In this battle, the Cossack Kuznetsov was killed and the hunter Kokovtsev was wounded in the head.
Kokovtsev (actually - Kokovtsev) - cavalry-maid, wife of the lieutenant of the 20 Dragoon Regiment MR R. Kokovtseva, who volunteered for the Great War and fought as a hunter (i.e. volunteer) in the 1-Astrakhan Cossack regiment.
This case was not unique.
And of course one can not forget about women volunteering in the campaign of 1917 - final to Russia.
Look at the faces of women - front-line workers and home front workers who tried to be useful to the warring armies and gave their strength and life to the service of their homeland.