Women at work during the Second World War

A black and white image. A woman stands in a Tyneside shipyard, her upper-body is visible and she is holding her arm out, holding a tool for catching rivets. She is wearing a coat and overalls with a headscarf and looks towards the work she is doing
A rivet catcher at a Tyneside shipyard by Cecil Beaton © IWM DB 164
A black and white image. A woman is in a signal box, surrounded by levers and there is a small window looking out onto the railway track. There is a steam engine coming through the points as she is moving a leaver to change the points at the same time. She is wearing a railway uniform and hat.
Railway signaller at Molland, Devon railway station for the Southern Railway, 1943 — © IWM D 17442
A black and white image. Three women walk along a railway platform all dressed in their own railway uniforms for different roles. Gladys on the left is carrying a guard’s flag and wear trousers while the other two wear skirts as part of their porters’ uniforms.
Three LNER workers walk along the track at Bowes Park railway station C1942. Left is Gladys Garlick followed by her two friends. She is a Guard while the other two wear porters’ uniforms — Image courtesy of National Railway Museum/Science Museum Group.
A black and white image. A woman stands in a Tyneside shipyard. She is wearing overalls and welding gear including a face guard, above and behind her head. She wears large welder’s gloves. She is looking away from the camera to the side but posing in front of a door or industrial looking background
Cecil Beaton image of an unknown shipyard worker at a Tyneside shipyard. She is dressed as a welder, presumably that is her job — © IWM DB 68
A black and white image. A woman crouched on the floor of an indoor shed at a Tyneside shipyard. She is leaning over and looking at a large sheet of metal, part of a ship as she measures and traces the metal.
A female shipyard tracer at work also at a Tyneside shipyard by Cecil Beaton — © IWM DB 29

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