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 Women doing their bit outdoors

 The Forties were a dark period in world history, and are still remembered as 'the War Years'. It was a time when everyone had to do their bit, so while the men went off to fight women stepped into the jobs they left behind. The Women's Land Army was formed to 'fight the silent Battye, on the front behind the front'.

Many women discovered for the first time what it was like to work outside the domestic environment, to be responsible for more than their husband's happy home. It was a taste of a wider life they would not easily surrender; by the time the boys returned many women were jealous of the jobs they had to give up. A new slogan was heard in the women's movement - 'Equal Pay for Equal Work'!

The Women's Land Army was formed to
'fight the silent Battye, on the front behind the front'.

  • 1943: A Western Australian woman created Australian political history once again - Dorothy Tangney became the first woman Senator in Australia, retaining her seat for a record 25 years.

  • 1947: Florence Cardell-Oliver became the first female Cabinet Minister in Australia.