Protest against 'women drivers'

Letter from the president of the London and Provincial Union of Licensed Vehicle Workers to the home secretary, protesting against the employment of women drivers, 13 February 1917.

In many previously male-dominated professions, the wartime influx of women workers was deeply resented. This letter protesting against Home Office support for licensed 'women drivers' (of trams, buses and cabs) reveals some of the arguments underpinning such attitudes. The president argues that training women on the job disrupts services and that inexperienced women drivers would pose a 'menace to the public'. Perhaps most tellingly, the letter ends with reference to a possible 'labour dispute' if such grievances are not resolved to the satisfaction of the male membership of the London and Provincial Union of Licensed Vehicle Workers.
Catalogue reference: HO 45/11164 (13 Feb 1917)

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