At first, the outbreak of the Great War of 1914-1918 was a setback in the struggle for women's suffrage in Britain. Organizations agreed to suspend their political agitation. The WSPU ceased their campaign and in exchange the government released all suffragettes from prison. During the war, however, women occupied many jobs that were needed for the war effort. Many of them worked in the munitions industry doing heavy jobs that had always been thought of as work only for men. In the end, the Great War brought votes for women nearer.