Two jobs that were especially important on the home front were fire watchers and working in munitions factories:
As the war went on, many more women were needed to join the workforce. On 8th May 1943, war work was made compulsory for all British women aged 18 to 50 – only mothers with young children were excused. By this time, women were: driving buses, loading trains, sweeping streets and delivering post and milk. Nearly 5 million women also went to work in factories and shipyards, working as machine operators or fitters. Those in the Women’s Volunteer Service: organised evacuations, helped the emergency services, became first aid nurses or worked as cooks in mobile canteens.
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