1941 – Conscription for Women

In December 1941, the National Service Act (no 2) made the conscription of women legal. At first, only single women aged 20-30 were called up, but by mid-1943, almost 90 per cent of single women and 80 per cent of married women were employed in essential work for the war effort.

As part of the conscription requirement women had to chose whether to enter the armed forces or work in farming or industry.

By December 1943 one in three factory workers was female and they were building planes, tanks, guns and making bullets needed for the war.

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