'The Employment of Women on Munitions of War'

Extract from a Ministry of Munitions booklet, 'The Employment of Women on Munitions of War', February 1916.

Many of the pre-war prejudices that defined the boundaries between 'men's work' and 'women's work' were by necessity blurred during the conflict. The deployment of women as engine lathe operators in munitions factories, for example, led to revised estimates about their ability to undertake manual labour. As this extract from a Ministry of Munitions booklet notes - with a faint air of incredulity - 'women have proved to be capable of operating not only one lathe, but two'.
Catalogue reference: MUN 4/3646 (Feb 1916)

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