In researching 'The Munitionettes' in preparation for our August residencies, we came across a fantastic Kate Adie documentary,'The Women of World War One'.
The documentary examines what it would have been like to be a woman pre, during and post World War One, following the journey of the suffragettes, and exploring the impact World War One had in women's fight for equality.
Kate Adie describes in detail the variety of jobs that women did, much of them involved hard labour, life threatening risks and highly skilled tasks. Maybe the most dangerous jobs the women adopted during this time were the roles of The Munitionettes. We hear about these women handling explosives, working heavy machinery and dealing with hazardous chemicals that made their skin turn yellow and led to chronic health problems.
The documentary is packed with inspiring stories that depict the heroines of World War One. It is well worth a watch: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04hzmh4/the-women-of-world-war-one
Stiff Upper Lip!
Miss Alys North