In 1915, women entered North Road Locomotive Works for the first time to do manual jobs. They created shell cartridges that would be used on the Western Front. The works employed over 1,000 women who were working with machinery and tools they had previously been barred from because of their ‘delicate’ gender. Women were experiencing new freedoms doing munitions work.
They worked hard and played hard too. During breaks women would kick around a football, playing against each other for fun. This developed into women’s football teams and the sport became incredibly popular with the munitionettes. Their attire for work was shocking for the time with trousers under raised skirts, however for the pitch women wore knickerbockers (like shorts), exposing bare knees, long thick socks and coloured jerseys.