Evidence record card

Date: 1914-18
War work: triumph and disappointment.

During the First World War, women in Wales, as elsewhere, were expected to fill civilian jobs vacated by men serving in the war. They swept chimneys, dug graves and fields, drove trams and buses and helped to manufacture munitions. It was a splendid contribution and everybody said so. Praise was lavished on “our gallant girls”. Feminists looked forward to a rosy future in which women would build upon their wartime gains in employment. This was not to be.