Women workers at Doncaster works, South Yorkshire, c 1916.
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Women working in the brass shop at Doncaster works. The women are making brass fittings for carriages. In the early twentieth century the railways employed relatively few women, and they were on lower pay than men in 'traditional' female roles such as cleaning and catering. However, during the First World War many male rail workers joined the army, so women were employed in their place, in a variety of roles such as blacksmiths, welders and electricians.