THE FORGOTTEN WOMEN OF LADIES BRIDGE

The Forgotten Women Of Ladies Bridge
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THE FORGOTTEN WOMEN OF LADIES BRIDGE



Written by Aisha Nozari
16 Tuesday 16th July 2013

By 1944 there were over 25,000 women working in the construction industry. While men were at war they assumed roles as labourers, with the understanding they'd be paid less than their male counterparts, and were expected to resume their domestic duties on the men's return home. According to Historians, women had to step in and help with the reconstruction of Waterloo Bridge, yet no photographic or written evidence of their work have ever been found. An opening ceremony for the bridge was held in December 1945, with the end of the war, but no women were acknowledged for their work.

Construction historian Christine Wall has joined forces with filmmaker Karen Livesey to explore how this lil' mishap came about and give the galz the recognition they deserve. Apparently it's all due to the liquidation of Peter Lind, the construction company behind the bridge. The companies manager, Peter Mandell, reported it was 'generally well known that there were women working, and in fact names of a particular lady was given to me at the time.' Lind continued, 'we're very proud of our female workforce. We're rebuilding this archive and want to honour them with a plaque on the bridge.'

Due to the lack of evidence, it is not known exactly what work the women carried out, however presumably it was pretty significant seeing as pretty much everyone was away at war.

You can check out Livesey's film site here where you'll find more info on the project.

If you're feeling extra inquisitive chuck a glance at these photographs - proving not ALL evidence of women's wartime roles has been lost.

 

 

 

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