By Thomas Adamson
12 November 2018
PARIS (AP) — 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.
As the nations at war mobilized their entire populations, women in every country contributed during the four and a half years of conflict.
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