World War I had a profound effect on everything that came after, from politics to population to technology. It changed the lives of women by calling them up to replace working men who were off fighting. It put them in pants, shortened their skirts, gave them skills, left them with fewer men to marry, and opened up new horizons along with the deprivations they endured. The war saw women go to work doing anything from putting out fires to building bombs. The women shown here are shoveling coal for a sugar refinery in Scotland. See a gallery of photographs of women working in World War I at the Telegraph. -via the Presurfer
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