Pioneer girls and flappers, episode 6 of the podcast series Look history in the eye explores Footscray’s munitions factory and the women who worked there during World War One, and earlier. It’s the story of poorly-paid, dangerous work, but also of the Knights of Labor and Adela Pankhurst, cricket and woollen dresses, parades and funerals. This talk by Historian Katie Wood originally aired live on International Women’s Day in March 2022. You can watch the full event (available with closed captions) on our YouTube channel here.
Episode 6: Pioneer girls and flappers: The women of the munitions trade in Footscray
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