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By Angela Woollacott

In this evocative booklet, Angela Woollacott analyzes oral histories, staff' writings, newspapers, respectable studies, and manufacturing unit music lyrics to give an intimate view of girls munitions employees in Britain in the course of global conflict I.

Munitions paintings provided working-class women—for the 1st time—independence, a competent source of revenue, even a much better way of life. yet male employers and alternate unionists introduced them face-to-face with their subordination as girls inside their very own type, whereas reviews with middle-class girls co-workers and police reminded them in their prestige as operating class.

Woollacott sees the lady munitions employee as a strong image of modernity who challenged the gender order via her patriotic paintings and challenged category changes via her elevated spending energy, mobility, and altering social behavior.

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