First World War – Women’s Work

Having been asked a question about pay awarded to women workers during the First World War on the SchoolHistory forum, I thought I would have a dig around.

There’s a great document pack here about women’s work generally, and the ‘reward’ of suffrage – http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/firstworldwar/document_packs/women.htm , but it didn’t have much detail about pay rates.

Here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/britain_wwone/women_employment_01.shtml there’s some more detail, including the not very surprising news that there were many ways that employers could get around regulations designed to give women equal pay.  However, that would suggest that there were equal pay regulations.  I’ll be looking to find out more about these.

 

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