Francesca Shaw, from Leed, England, prepares to lay a poppy wreath during an Armistice ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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Buried in French President Emmanuel Macron's speech on the sacrifice of "young men" in World War I Sunday was a reference to the "three million widows" the fallen soldiers left behind.The role women played in the war was only mentioned in passing as dozens of world leaders, including Angela Merkel of Germany, gathered in Paris to mark a century since WWI ended. Yet, war impacted women far beyond the obvious hardships of widowhood and the prospect of raising children alone. By 1917, munitions sites, which mostly employed women workers, produced 80 percent of the weapons and shells used by the British Army, according to historian A. V. M. Airth-Kindree.
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