To commemorate the part women played in the ‘Great War’, we bring you images and footage from the Bridgeman archive.
Women at their workplaces
Before the outbreak of WWI, the role of women mainly involved looking after their households and fulfilling domestic chores. With their husbands leaving for the front, many new job opportunities arose. Women started to work as military caregivers, nurses or took over positions in ammunition factories as munitions were needed in vast supplies for warfare. Life would never be the same again.
In Great Britain alone, five million women were working by 1918. Many of them were recruited into industrial positions. Propaganda posters produced by organisations all over the world encouraged women to work hard during these dire times.
Bridgeman also holds footage of women in World War I, including a montage on the production of WW1 weaponry and ammunition, female factory workers during the First World War and the inspection of the Woman Reserve Ambulance by Queen Mary and Princess Mary in 1918.
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