FEMALE RAILWAY WORKERS IN WWII


FEMALE RAILWAY WORKERS IN WWII

SUSAN MAJOR    Book Number: 88151    Product format: Hardback

Even though some women worked in clerical, cleaning and catering roles on the railways, between the wars even these jobs were done mostly by men. Before the outbreak of WWII the roles of porters, guards, ticket collectors, signalmen, maintenance workers and workshop operatives were exclusively male preserves but as men were called up women increasingly moved into these roles. As that generation gradually passes away and we lose a direct connection with the women who did this vital work, the National Archive of Railway Oral History, created between 2000-2003, is an invaluable resource of thousands of first-hand accounts with railway workers who talked of their working experiences. Most were working in "men's jobs" or with men for the first time, and these interviews offer tantalising and eye-opening glimpses of the conditions in which they worked, often in great danger due occasionally to poor management but mostly the fact that the railways were a favourite target of the Luftwaffe's bombers. One of the most interesting aspects is to contrast the ladies' actual experiences of 1940s attitudes toward women in the workplace with the official publicity campaigns put out to encourage them to take on these "male" roles. No toilets, family attitudes, Italian PoWs and American GIs, bad language, pestering male colleagues are discussed in often hilarious detail, but more thought-provoking are their descriptions of terrifying air raids and being thrust into roles for which they were totally unprepared. Hundreds of voices from women of all walks of life, all performing a vital task in their country's hour of need. With 16 pages of b/w photos, 196pp from Pen and Sword.
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ISBN 9781526703088
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