Did you know that Waterloo Bridge is known as ‘Ladies Bridge’ to the boat men who travel up and down the Thames? It’s because women played a major role in its construction.
The bridge was built between 1938 and 1945. During WWII, most of the UK’s men were recruited into the army and the women left behind took over construction. In fact, in 1944, 25,000 women were working in the industry.
The women who helped build Waterloo Bridge were paid much less than the going rate for male construction workers and were also removed from their positions after the men returned from war. Now it’s hoped their contribution will be celebrated.
A campaign, backed by the Women’s Engineering Society, is fighting to get a blue plaque fitted to the landmark to pay tribute to the forgotten women who built the bridge. It’s hoped that the campaign will raise awareness for the work of women in engineering and that their effort will be celebrated across the country.
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