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.
2. A group of young Italian women employed by the British Army to unload artillery ammunition at a railhead dump in northern Italy, 1918.
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.
4. Members of the Forestry Corps saw the base of a tree in a forest in United Kingdom.
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.
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.
7. 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.
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.
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.
11. 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.
13. Female workers hoist motor vehicle tyres in the rubber factory of Charles Macintosh and Sons Ltd, Manchester, in September 1918.
14. Female workers painting and rolling asbestos cylinders for use as smoke shells in a Lancashire factory, September 1918.
15. Female workers cut corrugated asbestos sheets in a Lancashire factory, September 1918.
16. A female worker pushes a trolley of asbestos mattresses in a Lancashire factory, September 1918.
17. Female workers clean sheets of glass propped up on a wooden ‘horse’ in a Lancashire factory, September 1918.
18. 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.
20. 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.
22. 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.
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