'The Canary Girls' by Shirley Soper

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'The Canary Girls' by Shirley Soper

'The Canary Girls' by Shirley Soper
The Canary girls were the United Kingdom's female Trinitrotoluene (TNT) workers of WW1. The nickname arose because of exposure to TNT. It is toxic and repeated exposure to it can cause the skin to turn an orange-yellow colour reminiscent of the canary bird.
The Canary girls were also known as 'munitionettes'.
By the end of WW1 over 700,000 and possibly up to one million women worked the monitions factories.
Despite occasional explosions and hazards there were surprisingly few casualties in comparison to the amount of work undertaken.
Without these women, our men could not have fought to save our country.
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