A young female bus conductor (Badge Number 100024) poses on the rear of a Routemaster bus.
Unknown photographer, circa 1973
Image no: 900-3-12
Inventory no: 2005/1076
20th Century London caption: This photo of a young woman conductor posing on the platform of a bus was taken in the early 1970s. London Transport (L.T.) had employed women on a permanent basis since the end of the Second World War. This was more a result of necessity - caused by labour shortages - than a genuine improvement in the status of women in the workplace. However, the Women's Liberation movement gained momentum in the early 1970s, and in 1974 L.T. appointed its first female bus driver. The opening of traditionally male jobs to women gave them access to better-paid positions.