Edith Kent

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A woman wearing a red jumper and grey trousers sitting in an arm chair with a pair of glasses in her hands.
Photograph © Anita Corbin


First Woman in Britain to receive equal pay (1943)

November 2009, at home in Plymouth

b.1908, Plymouth. d.2012

In 1941, Edith Kent became the first woman to be employed as a welder at Devonport dockyard. By 1943 she made history, becoming the first woman in Great Britain to receive equal pay, earning the same wage as her male co-workers. Edith had the advantage of being only 4 feet 11 inches tall, meaning that she was small enough to weld inside torpedo tubes (places her male colleagues could not reach).

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