Women and The Leeds Blitz

Brothers, fathers, uncles and husbands fought for Britain on the front line. But what about the sisters, mothers, aunties and wives?

Regardless of societal norms and stereotypes, Britain was at war, and women rolled up their sleeves and contributed to the war effort. Women in Britain were mobilised more than in any other country involved in the war. By September 1943, 46 per cent of all working aged women were involved in some form of national service (Smith, 1984, p. 934).

The production line at Burton's

In towns across Britain, women became combatants on the front line during the German Blitzkreig.

Mary Mckee Women and the Second World War

The raid on Leeds in March 1941 shows some of the ways that women were involved. As our case studies show, each woman had their own personal experience – and some paid the ultimate price. The pages showcase the stories of a range of women connected to locations that can still be visited today. From women whose homes were bombed to volunteers and war workers, you will learn about the heroines of the Leeds Blitz.