Women at Work

Cask Washing, 1916 (Ref T14)Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd, brewers, Glasgow.

Cask Washing, 1916 (Ref T14)
Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd, brewers, Glasgow.

To mark International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March, Archive Services has selected some images from our business collections of women at work.

There is a common assumption that women did not properly enter the male dominated spheres of the workplace until the campaign to recruit large numbers of females occurred during the First World War.

Although it is true that from 1915 onwards, large numbers of females were drafted in to replace the men that had joined the army, women from various classes in society had already been part of the general workplace well before this.

The images in our flickr set are mainly from the early 20th century with some post-WWII images to and represent a range of industries from textiles, retail and nursing to brewing, instrument manufacturing and aluminium pressing and even explosives.

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2 replies

  1. Inquiry please. My grandmother who lived in the Gorbals area of Glasgow was employed as a cigarette maker about the year 1909 or so. Do you have any record there about this type of job and the companies who would employ these women? I do enjoy your newletter. Thank you. Catherine Christie Arroyo Grande, California

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