Explore women’s employment
Women have often held jobs, but this has not always been recorded on official documents, even in the 20th century. Check with living relatives about your female ancestors’ working lives, and note this information for future generations. The Post Office employed many women and has extensive records, some of which have been digitised and are available on Ancestry up to 1969 ( bit.ly/anc-gpo); further records are held at the Postal Museum in London (postalmuseum.org/discover/collections/archive-collection/family-history). Other big employers may have useful archive material and guides online, such as marksintime. marksandspencer.com.