The impact of the First World War on women’s employment opportunities is documented in a 100-year-old census.


The impact of World War I on women’s employment opportunities is documented in a 100-year-old Census.

Yesterday, 100-year-old Census records were published for the first time, revealing life in 1921 in fascinating detail.

From the reigning monarch, King George V, to famous writers, scientists, and criminals, the data lists every man, woman, and child alive in the United Kingdom.

Prime Minister David Lloyd George, as well as authors Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Beatrix Potter, are among those featured.

However, among the 38 million people in the database are those who will go on to become famous in the future, such as author JRR Tolkien and NHS hero Captain Sir Tom Moore.

After the death toll from the First World War, women outnumbered men by nearly two million, allowing them to enter previously all-male occupations.

The records also provide insight into Britain’s economy, with coal mining and agriculture for men and domestic service for women being the most common occupations.

The entries were collected on June 19, 1921, and the genealogy website Findmypast and the National Archives in Kew, west London, worked together on a three-year project to analyze and digitize them.

At the time of the Census, Britain was recovering from the war and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, according to TV historian David Olusoga.

“It captures the most dramatic and dangerous moments,” he explained.

“It depicts a country in complete disarray, a country trying to recover from the greatest rupture in its history.”

“Undoubtedly, things were very grim for an awful lot of people in the 1920s,” said Audrey Collins of the National Archives.

“There were a lot of people out of work, and it didn’t get any better over the next ten years.”

“I believe 1921 is a good representation of how the population was settling down after the rigors of WWI.”

It was also a foreshadowing of what was to come.”

Although the basic details of a Census are released soon after the count, the identities of those surveyed must be kept secret for 100 years by law.

The records reveal the identities of those interviewed, including their names, ages, marital statuses, birthplaces, addresses, jobs, and employers.

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As a result of war and disease, the population of the United Kingdom only increased by 4.9 percent in the decade preceding the 1921 Census.

Every time it was counted since, it had risen by double-digit percentages.

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