#HeForShe – Women, work & accidents on Britain’s railways

by Mike Esbester On 30 September 1922, railway carriage cleaner Mary Watson suffered a life-changing accident. Working at Queen Street Station in Glasgow, by 3.20pm she was just under 2 hours into her 8 hour shift. As part of a team, her role was to sweep out the carriage compartments and corridors between passenger services. … Continue reading #HeForShe – Women, work & accidents on Britain’s railways

London Underground’s First Female Driver: Hannah Dadds

by Becky Laxton-Bass Founded in 1863, serving over a billion customers annually, with 270 stations across 11 lines, the London Underground is the oldest and one of the most impressive transport networks in the world. However, it took until October 1978 for the London Underground to get its first female driver, Hannah Dadds. Hannah was … Continue reading London Underground’s First Female Driver: Hannah Dadds

The “Woman Motorist of the Century”: Alice Huyler Ramsey’s Monumental Drive Across the United States

by Holley Snaith Alice Huyler Ramsey in 1909, the year she became the first woman to drive across the United States. Source: National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library “Good driving has nothing to do with sex. It's all above the collar.” Alice Huyler Ramsey A torrential rainfall fell upon New York City on June … Continue reading The “Woman Motorist of the Century”: Alice Huyler Ramsey’s Monumental Drive Across the United States

Augusta Pierce Tabor – Showing smarts and work ethic during the glittering Gold Rush

By Ashley Carollo In 1859 gold was discovered at the confluence of two mountain creeks in Colorado, sparking a gold rush that brought thousands of rugged souls looking for a quick fortune.  It was a time of lawlessness and daring – the land wasn’t a part of the United States and the feeling was that … Continue reading Augusta Pierce Tabor – Showing smarts and work ethic during the glittering Gold Rush

Luella Bates: the First Female Lorry Driver

By Charis Gambon Lorry driving was originally believed to be a male profession and in many ways is still heavily dominated by men even now in 2021. According to a British government statistics report on domestic road freight from 2019, only one per cent of lorry drivers are female.  Lorry driving is not a profession … Continue reading Luella Bates: the First Female Lorry Driver