Thursday, 10 September 2015

Canteens for Women Munitions Workers

From the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 9th September 1915.

Sir,—A representative committee has been formed by the Young Men's Christian Association to provide canteens for munition workers. ....  it is felt that a special appeal might very properly be made to the women of Great Britain for the same object by the Young Women's Christian Association.

Throughout the length and breadth of the land munition works are springing up—in many cases almost the entire labour is found by women—and the necessity for proper canteens, conducted on the well-known lines of the Young Women's Christian Association, is quite as great as is the necessity for similar canteens for men.  Rest and recreation rooms attached to the canteen, where a trained social worker is always in charge, are greatly appreciated by the girls.

With confidence, therefore, we appeal for funds to women to help their sisters who are so patriotically responding to their country's call.  This is a supreme opportunity for women to help not only in this gigantic struggle against tyranny and oppression, but also in the cause of the industrial woman of this country.  She is taking the great chance that has now come to her, and she looks to us to help her to be both physically and morally fit for the new enterprises at which she is trying her hand.  Such huts as are provided by the Y.W.C.A. vary in price from £300 to £700.

All donations, however small, should be sent to the Secretary, Munition Workers' Welfare Department, 23, Bruton Street, W.  .....

(Signed)  VICTORIA, Princess of Schleswig Holstein,
              President of the Y.M.C.A. Munition Workers' Committee.

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