Statistics women



Statistics women


Statistics for females aged 14 to 59 by jobs. Concludes that three quarters of men and quarter of women are in the services, munitions or essential industries.

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But this is only part of the story. We could not have made anything like sufficient munitions if it had not been for the mobilisation of woman-power on a very great scale. Here are the corresponding figures for women:


The figures show some striking features.

The women in the “Services” today equal the total strength of the Army, Navy and Air Force when war broke out.

The increase of males in the munition industries is only 600,000, and this is balanced by the fall in the numbers in order essential industries.

But the women in the Land Army, on the buses, trains, trams, etc., have more than made good the number of men withdrawn from the “other essential industries” group as a whole; and, in addition, 1 1/4 millions have gone into munitions.

The labour force of the munition-making industries has, therefore, grown from 3.1 millions to 5 millions, and the “essential” industries have kept up their numbers. This is the result of the employment of 2 million additional women in these two major groups.

These two millions, plus the half-million recruited by the Services, have come partly from less essential trades of the unemployed. But far the greater number have been drawn from domestic duties.

Thus, three-quarters of the men and a quarter of the women – or [italics] half the adult population of the country [/italics] – are in the Services, munitions or essential industries.



“Statistics women,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 17, 2024,

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