A letter to the press
The WES (Women's Engineering Society) sent out the following letter to the Press in 1939:
A large number of women throughout the land are preparing in a number of different ways to serve the country if war should come.
One form of work, however, seems to have received little attention, though its importance cannot be over-estimated: we refer to munition work, and the production in general of war material and equipment.
There is a section of future workers in this field which, we believe, would well repay training; it consists of those who would be supervisors and forewomen in control of woman labour.
It is in order to meet what we believe to be a very real need that the Women's Engineering Society is organising a special course of instruction which would enable suitable women (after a brief period of factory experience) to fill the positions of supervisors and forewomen.