Women of Steel
TitleWomen of Steel
Director Sheffield Film Co-op
CountryUK
Year1984
Duration27mins
FormatUmatic video
DescriptionIn this documentary, women munitions workers recall the part they played during the Second World War; the types of work they did in the factories, and the conditions - 'One of the biggest dangers was the hot steel shavings that came off the machines' - the constant air raids, food rationing, and trades union activity - 'We decided one day we'd had enough so we went on strike, but we found out it were illegal, you couldn't go on strike during war time' - and juggling with shift work and family responsibilities. Intercut with these interviews is archive material - images of propaganda used during that time to recruit women into the factories (from 1941) and out again (around 1945) back into the home, once the war was over.