29 Wonderful Color Photos of British Women During World War II

“The wars were a catalyst for women to work in more roles,” says Jenny Dibden, a director in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. “Now, there’s a much stronger sense that women working within the civil service is normal and natural. The real effort should now be on enabling women to progress to the higher grades.”

Women in World War II took on a variety of roles from country to country. World War II involved global conflict on an unprecedented scale; the absolute urgency of mobilizing the entire population made the expansion of the role of women inevitable.

This set of 29 fascinating color photos shows everyday life of British women during wartime.

On the River Avon, 1944
British war workers take a seaside break on a beach in Cornwall, 6th September 1943.
Cambridge Market Square, 1944
Day Nursery, Hatfield, June 1943
Feeding and cleaning time, 1944
July 1943, Flowers grow on bomb site in Gresham Street, London
Hill street, Richmond in Sept. 1939
Land Army girls in 1944
Land Army girls quenching their thirst, 1944
London window shopping, 1941
Marlow, Buckinghamshire, May 1944
Models wearing Berketex utility fashions designed by Norman Hartnell, June 1943
Models wearing Berketex utility fashions designed by Norman Hartnell, London, June 1943
Pupils from a primary school out walking, rest beside a river path at Saxton Road, Abingdon, July 1944
Refugees from Plymouth at Tapeley Park, October 1942
Soldier embraces his wife and children at his home in Irby in Cheshire, at the start of seven days leave, 14 April 1944
The family butcher from Aswell, Hertfordshire, 1944
War Workers on holiday in Cornwall enjoy a day on the beach surrounded by rugged cliffs on a sunny day, September 1943
Wartime bride, 1945
Wartime fashion, 1944
Woman learns to use with gas masks, 1940
Women bicycling on Cambridge street, 1944
Women painting finished petrol self-sealing tanks, Dec. 1942
A Land Army girl busy with her Standard Fordson tractor in Oxfordshire, 1944
A woman at Anderson Shelter, 1940
A young woman comforts her kid on a beach in Cornwall, 6th September 1943
Aiding the war effort, October 1943
Bishop’s Stortford, Essex, June 1944
British servicewomen enjoying a ‘garden’ on a bombed-out site in London, 1944

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