100 years of women in transport campaign

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The 100 years of women in transport campaign (YOWIT) is a celebration of the significant role that women have played in the transport industry over the past 100 years in the United Kingdom, following the centennial anniversary of the First World War, when 100,000 women entered the transport industry to take on the responsibilities held by men who enlisted for military service.[1][2][3]

The programme is a partnership between Transport for London, the Department for Transport (DfT), Crossrail,[4] Network Rail,[5][6] Women's Engineering Society(WES)[7] and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS).[8][9]

In 2015, the campaign raised awareness to the low representation of females in this industry[10] by commemorating the 100 years of Maida Vale tube station (the first to be fully staffed by women),[11] and holding a debate competition between year 9 students from 30 schools across the UK with engineering and construction company, Bechtel. The winning team was composed by four girls from St Marylebone School.[12][13][14]

The programme also profiled several women that are currently in the industry to showcase the variety of careers available within transport.[15][16][17][18]

In November 2015, the campaign celebrated 100 years since the first female bus conductor, Ms G. Duncan, started to work in London on 1 November 1915.[19][20]


  1. ^ Sarah Dawood. "Women in wartime: the rise of the female public servant". the Guardian.
  2. ^ http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/assets/downloads/pdfs/Yearbook_2014-15_optimised.pdf
  3. ^ "The first 100 years of women in transport". Infrastructure Intelligence.
  4. ^ "Crossrail partners with Women into Construction". Crossrail.
  5. ^ "Network Rail -". networkrail.co.uk.
  6. ^ "NETWORK RAIL: Senior manager shares her experiences to celebrate 100 years of women in transport". MK News.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "100 Years of Women in Transport". wes.org.uk.
  8. ^ Transport for London. "100 Years of Women in Transport". tfl.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 19 January 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  9. ^ "100 Years of Women in Transport". london.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Transport Times Events - News/Blog - MORE WOMEN ARE NEEDED TO JOIN OUR INDUSTRY". transporttimes.co.uk.
  11. ^ "Maida Vale station marks 100th anniversary". ITV News.
  12. ^ https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2015/december/st-marylebone-school-named-winner-of-100-years-of-women-in-transport-debate
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 February 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ http://article.wn.com/view/2015/12/02/St_Marylebone_School_named_winner_of_100_Years_of_Women_in_T/
  15. ^ Transport for London. "Women in transport profiles". tfl.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 4 February 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Investing in Our Future - Women in Engineering". Morson.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Mind the [Gender] Gap: Tricia Riley, HR Director at TfL has a positive outlook on gender balance - Womanthology". Womanthology.
  18. ^ "Launch of 100 Years of Women in Transport". wtsinternational.org.
  19. ^ "Bus drivers mark 100 years since London's first female bus conductor started work". Your Local Guardian.
  20. ^ "Transport". Southwark News.