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The Employment Of Women During World War I

  • A female chemist in the laboratory of a cement works in Scotland, November 1918
  • A female munitions worker drilling the bodies of Mills hand grenades in a workshop of a British factory
  • A female worker feeds an ash furnace in the chemical works of Brunner Mond
  • A female worker operates a calendaring machine in the rubber factory
  • A female worker pushes a trolley of asbestos mattresses
  • A general view of female workers at work in the eyepiece room of a gas mask factory, London
  • A group of young Italian women employed by the British Army to unload artillery ammunition
  • A member of the Womens Land Army Forestry Corps chops the base of a tree with an axe in a forest
  • Agnes Low, a female employee operating a vertical boring machine at Glasgow
  • Female bricklayers and labourers preparing the site for the construction
  • Female workers clean sheets of glass propped up on a wooden horse n a Lancashire factory, September 1918
  • Female workers cut corrugated asbestos sheets
  • Female workers hoist motor vehicle tyres in the rubber factory
  • Female workers hold shells they are stacking in a British munitions factory
  • Female workers of the Women's Leion truing up aeroplane fuselage in the mechanics section of an aeroplane factory
  • Female workers operate a cutting machine at a Cheshire biscuit factory
  • Female workers painting and rolling asbestos cylinders for use as smoke shells
  • Members of the Forestry Corps saw the base of a tree in a forest in United Kingdom during the First World War
  • Members of the Womens Land Army Forestry Corps prepare a meal in an area surrounded by fallen tree
  • Members of the Womens Land Army Forestry Corps strip bark from tree trunks set to be used as telegraph poles
  • Two female workers lift pieces of dough from a cutting machine in an army biscuit factory in Lancashire
  • Women at work in the dope room at an aircraft factory
  • A female munitions worker inspecting Mills hand grenades in a British factory

During World War I women for the first time in the history started to work. Men fought in the war so someone had to replace them in their current jobs. Women started to work as bricklayers, lumberjacks, operator of production machines. The Imperial War Museum collected hundreds of photographs of women’s work (mainly in the UK). We have the opportunity to know the daily life of working women during the conflict. We chose the most interesting photos and gathered them in this article. Check out the photos showing the employment of women during World War I.

1. A female worker feeds an ash furnace in the chemical works of Brunner Mond and Co Ltd, Northwich, Manchester, September 1918.

A female worker feeds an ash furnace in the chemical works of Brunner Mond

2. A group of young Italian women employed by the British Army to unload artillery ammunition at a railhead dump in northern Italy, 1918.

A group of young Italian women employed by the British Army to unload artillery ammunition

3. Members of the Women’s Land Army Forestry Corps prepare a meal in an area surrounded by fallen tree trunks in the United Kingdom.

Members of the Womens Land Army Forestry Corps prepare a meal in an area surrounded by fallen tree

4. Members of the Forestry Corps saw the base of a tree in a forest in United Kingdom.

Members of the Forestry Corps saw the base of a tree in a forest in United Kingdom during the First World War

5. Members of the Women’s Land Army Forestry Corps strip bark from tree trunks set to be used as telegraph poles on the war fronts.

Members of the Womens Land Army Forestry Corps strip bark from tree trunks set to be used as telegraph poles

6. A member of the Women’s Land Army Forestry Corps chops the base of a tree with an axe in a forest in the United Kingdom.

A member of the Womens Land Army Forestry Corps chops the base of a tree with an axe in a forest

7. Women at work in the dope room at an aircraft factory.

Women at work in the dope room at an aircraft factory

8. Female bricklayers and labourers preparing the site for the construction of a new aeroplane production shop at the Austin Motor Works at Northfields in Birmingham.

Female bricklayers and labourers preparing the site for the construction

9. Agnes Low, a female employee of the Govan Shipbuilding Yard, Harland & Wolff Limited, operating a vertical boring machine at Glasgow, 28th June 1918. She is drilling a fitting to be used as a corner clip for a bomb beam panel of an aeroplane.

Agnes Low, a female employee operating a vertical boring machine at Glasgow

10. Female workers of the Women’s Legion (also known as War Service Legion) truing up aeroplane fuselage in the mechanics section of an aeroplane factory.

Female workers of the Women's Leion truing up aeroplane fuselage in the mechanics section of an aeroplane factory

11. A general view of female workers at work in the eyepiece room of a gas mask factory, London.

A general view of female workers at work in the eyepiece room of a gas mask factory, London

12. A female worker operates a calendaring machine in the rubber factory of Charles Macintosh and Sons Ltd, Manchester, in September 1918.

A female worker operates a calendaring machine in the rubber factory

13. Female workers hoist motor vehicle tyres in the rubber factory of Charles Macintosh and Sons Ltd, Manchester, in September 1918.

Female workers hoist motor vehicle tyres in the rubber factory

14. Female workers painting and rolling asbestos cylinders for use as smoke shells in a Lancashire factory, September 1918.

Female workers painting and rolling asbestos cylinders for use as smoke shells

15. Female workers cut corrugated asbestos sheets in a Lancashire factory, September 1918.

Female workers cut corrugated asbestos sheets

16. A female worker pushes a trolley of asbestos mattresses in a Lancashire factory, September 1918.

A female worker pushes a trolley of asbestos mattresses

17. Female workers clean sheets of glass propped up on a wooden ‘horse’ in a Lancashire factory, September 1918.

Female workers clean sheets of glass propped up on a wooden horse n a Lancashire factory, September 1918

18. Two female workers lift pieces of dough from a cutting machine in an army biscuit factory in Lancashire.

Two female workers lift pieces of dough from a cutting machine in an army biscuit factory in Lancashire

19. Female workers operate a cutting machine at a Cheshire biscuit factory.

Female workers operate a cutting machine at a Cheshire biscuit factory

20. Female workers hold shells they are stacking in a British munitions factory.

Female workers hold shells they are stacking in a British munitions factory

21. A female munitions worker drilling the bodies of Mills hand grenades in a workshop of a British factory.

A female munitions worker drilling the bodies of Mills hand grenades in a workshop of a British factory

22. A female munitions worker inspecting Mills hand grenades in a British factory.

A female munitions worker inspecting Mills hand grenades in a British factory

23. A female chemist in the laboratory of a cement works in Scotland, November 1918.

A female chemist in the laboratory of a cement works in Scotland, November 1918 Women During World War I

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