Women in Wartime - The Part Played by Women in the National Effort
(Alternative Title: Britannia Is A Woman)

Still from 'Women in Wartime'
'Everywhere to-day women in uniform are engaged in doing jobs to relieve men for posts of danger. In the khaki of the Auxiliary Territorial Service are drivers, cooks and clerical workers. Other organisations perform similar tasks for the Navy and Air Force. Most women volunteers are employed in civil defence: nursing, A.R.P., Fire Brigades, canteen work, and helping with the evacuation of children from dangerous areas. The great interest in women’s work shown by Her Majesty the Queen has been a source of inspiration to everyone.' [1]

Date: 1940
Duration: 09:18

Director: -
Production Company: British Movietone News
Producer: -
Cinematographer: -
Composer: -
Narration: Leslie Mitchell
Editor: -
Sound Recording: -
Written by: Gerald Sanger, & Ruth Landa
Supervision: Elsa Dunbar

Length: 35mm: -ft. 16mm:-ft.



Subtitle: 'A Tribute to the War effort of British Women.'

The speech given by Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother) towards the end of the film was part of a radio broadcast made on 12th November 1939 from Buckingham Palace, heard around the British Empire. The full text of the speech was reported in the Montreal Gazette the next day.

This film is also known as Britannia is a Woman, though there may be some variations between the actual content of the two titles. British Official Films in the Second World War: A Descriptive Catalogue[2] lists both titles, and says that Britannia is a Woman was 'Intended for theatrical distribution. Non-theatrical version entitled Women in Wartime.'
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1940
  2. ^ Frances Thorpe, & Nicholas Pronay; 1980; ISBN: 0903450275