100 Years of Women in Transport

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When the Bakerloo line extension opened at Maida Vale in 1915, history was made: it became the first Underground station to be staffed entirely by women. As the First World War took hold and increasing numbers of men enlisted for military service, women stepped in to take over their homefront roles and responsibilities. This prompted a huge shift which would alter lives and perceptions forever.

Alongside our industry partners Crossrail, DfT, Network Rail, WES, and WTS, we are using this anniversary to launch the 100 Years of Women in Transport programme. The programme will celebrate the role that women have played in the industry during the past 100 years and give us an opportunity to look at our industry today. By reflecting on our current diversity, we'll be able to identify the opportunities which will develop our workforce in the future.

This campaign is as much about celebrating the past as it is about the present and the future: attracting and retaining talented staff, contributing to the wider economy, and making sure that we can respond to the operational and delivery challenges we now face.

Aims of the Women in Transport campaign

We want to celebrate the important role of women in our industry, but more than that, we want to engage, motivate and inspire current and future generations of transport workers. We're aiming to do this by:

  • Attracting more women to the transport workforce by highlighting the careers we have to offer
  • Showcasing the significant contributions women have made, and continue to make, to our industry
  • Emphasising the opportunities available for personal development and progression at all levels
  • Establishing an industry-wide network that will leave a legacy of continued improvement and development

Achieving these aims will:

  • Support our industry and help us respond to significant new challenges - including the unprecedented levels of growth and development in London and across the UK
  • Help us build our industry's brand as the 'industry of choice' for women
  • Contribute to London and the UK as a whole

The 100 Years of Women in Transport campaign was launched  in November 2014. Attended by people from across the transport industry (including suppliers), everyone involved has shown committment the programme and its aim to ensure diversity within our industry. Find out more about the launch event on YouTube.

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