International Women’s Day – #DYK

To mark International Women’s Day we’re sharing a photo from our First World War In Colour project!

Did you know, women made up a large portion of the war time workforce, particularly in newly established munitions factories? For many working class women, the factory work was a boon, it was relatively well paid, and left them extra money for luxuries they couldn’t otherwise afford. Though more women entered the workforce during the war, working class women had been in factories for years before, since only having one income made survival almost impossible.

“Assembly Department, British Munitions Supply Co. Ltd., Verdun, P.Q.”
Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-024436 (modified from the original) Colourized by Canadian Colour.