On Her Their Lives Depend

2013-05-19 OnHerTheirLives+
Women Munition Workers during the First World War are celebrated in this 2011 mural on Iniscairn Drive in Rathcoole. A ‘Canary Girl’ readies for work as a TNT shell maker. The term stems from the fact that TNT can turn the skin a yellow-orange colour.
The recruitment poster on which the mural is based is shown below. British Pathé has some footage of women working in a munitions factory, presumably in England somewhere. BBC has a page on a massive explosion at the Chilwell (Nottingham) factory. Below is an unattributed image (via http://smnmcshannon.hubpages.com/) of workers amongst shells in 1915.
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