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Women of Britain Come into the Factories

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (published)

  • Date:

    1941 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Zec, Philip, born 1909 - died 1983 (artist)
    Ministry of Information (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Ministry of Information

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 75, box D

This poster was part of the 'call-up' effort to bring British women into war work in December 1941. It echoes the archetypal image of the Soviet proletarian woman and has a graphic trace of the mood of egalitarianism which was marked in wartime Britain, as well as a possible reference to the popular alliance agreed with the Soviet Union in July 1941.

Physical description

Portrait format poster printed in colours predominantly pale red, brown and black on white ground. Figure of a young blonde woman in brown factory overall and headkerchief, nearly full length with outstretched arms, looking up to sky.In the background a flight of aircraft move upward into the sky from behind distant factory buildings. Captioned at bottom.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (published)


1941 (published)


Zec, Philip, born 1909 - died 1983 (artist)
Ministry of Information (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Signature; within the image; lithography


Height: 750 mm sheet, Width: 494 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Poster by Philip Zec entitled 'Women of Britain come into the factories'. UK, 1941.

Production Note

Recruiting poster issued by the Ministry of Information. Probably published 1941.

Reason For Production: Commission


Lithographic ink


Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Women; Factories; Labour; Aircraft; Propaganda; Factory workers


Propaganda; Feminism; Prints; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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