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Girls' football team

Girls' Football Team at Cardonald National Projectile Factory, 1916.

During the First World War many thousands of women were recruited to work in Britain’s munitions factories. The first female employees at Cardonald National Projectile Factory were five forewomen and twenty girls appointed in June 1916. There had been concerns that the women could not cope with the heavy work involved, but these fears proved groundless. The women also became involved in the social activities encouraged by factory management, which included a library, a choir, a factory newspaper, a pierrot troupe and a women's football team.

Workers and the management agreed on the desirability of a factory crèche, as many women found childcare a problem at a time when husbands had gone to war and female relatives were recruited for war work. In spite of raising over £1,000 towards building the facility and submitting architectural plans to the Ministry of Munitions, permission to proceed was not granted until after the Armistice was signed!

Reference: PP.1978.49.4

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

Keywords:
Cardonald National Projectile Factory, childcare, creches, First World War, football, football teams, footballers, girls, Ministry of Munitions, munitions factories, shell filling factories, women, women's employment



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