13th March 1934:  A worker finishing off a woollen suit at the Windsor factory at Blackpool. The Duchess of York ordered the clothing worn by the woolly Windsor doll for Princess Margaret Rose

IN PICTURES: On International Women's Day, we look back at women and the workplace

It’s International Women’s Day on Friday, and to mark the occasion, we looking back at the vital role women have played in the workplace, taking on what were traditionally male jobs, particularly in times of crisis.

During the two world wars, women took the place of the men who had gone off to fight, becoming mechanics, ambulance drivers and factory workers. Following the Second World War, more and more women went to work. By 1965, more than half of women of working age were in employment, although women’s wages were still lower than their male counterparts, and a marriage bar prohibited married women from working. In the Civil Service, for example, the marriage bar was enforced until as late as 1973 for the foreign service.

Mabel Burton, working on a car at the Old Oak garage, Hoghton, was a skilled motor engineer. This picture was taken in around 1937
Mabel Burton, working on a car at the Old Oak garage, Hoghton, was a skilled motor engineer. This picture was taken in around 1937
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Here is a trio of Blackpool platform  girls  bus conductors  in their smart uniforms
Here is a trio of Blackpool platform girls bus conductors in their smart uniforms
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Circa 1940, a member of the Womans Auxiliary Police Corps in Preston
Circa 1940, a member of the Womans Auxiliary Police Corps in Preston
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Members of the Womens Auxiliary Police Corps in Preston work to keep one of their patrol cars on the road
Members of the Womens Auxiliary Police Corps in Preston work to keep one of their patrol cars on the road
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