Women at War

As more and more men went to fight in the armed forces, women took on more and more of the jobs that men had once done. Women went to work on the farms and were known as 'land girls' and women went to work in the factories making bombs and planes. They drove the buses and they watched for air raids by the Germans.

When the war ended and the men returned, they wanted their old jobs back, but many women had got used to working and not just looking after the home. Things would never be the same again, as women had proved that they could do all the jobs which had been the preserve of men. A new age of equality had begun.

Below are a series of photographs showing women at work during the war. Remember that up to World War 2 these jobs had mainly been done by men.