Land Girls Hoeing. Manly Edward MacDonald (1918-19). Canada War Museum. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
By Nina Heyn – Your Culture Scout
Women have not always been stuck at home just sewing and running households. Farmers have always been out in the fields and merchants have been trading in the markets regardless of their genre. Industrialization brought women into cities, sometimes to work in shops and factories but sometimes into more specialized new professions – actresses, ballerinas, nurses, teachers, typists and telephone operators, and scientists. The massive wars of the 20th century brought about a further change in traditional work roles – they have forced men to accept women as administrators, operators of heavy machinery, car mechanics or journalists. All the painters did was to record these moments of change in their art.