Look at the photographs below of women at work in the WAAAF.
- What Air Force type jobs or occupations are women not doing?
- Compare the jobs actually being done with the image in the advertisements. Do you think the advertisements are fair?
- Compare the rates of pay for women with equivalent males in the RAAF. Describe the difference. Why do you think this difference existed?
- A common advertisement of the day called on women to join the services to do 'a real job - a man's job'. Do you think women in the services did men's jobs?
|Occupation||Number of WAAAFs|
Draughtswoman, laboratory technician, Link trainer instructress, meteorological assistant, X-ray technician
Armourer, cinema operator, dental mechanic, fabric worker, flight mechanic, flight rigger, hygiene inspector, instrument repairer, painter, photographer, radar operator, telegraphist, wireless assistant
Accounting machine operator, caterer, clerk general, clerk pay, clerk stores, cypher assistant, dental orderly, driver motor transport, equipment assistant, fabric worker's assistant, hairdresser, meteorological charter, nursing orderly, postal assistant, recorder, tailoress
Canteen stewardess, clerk, clerk librarian, clerk medical assistant, clerk signals, clerk stores assistant, radio telephony operator, service policewoman, sick quarter attendant, telephone operator, teleprinter operator, tracer under officer disciplinary
Aircrafthand, anti-gas instructress, armament assistant, cook's assistant, drill instructress, gardener, office orderly, postal orderly, stewardess, storeshand, trainee
WAAAF and RAAF officers (equivalent rank) daily rates of pay (in shillings/pence)
|WAAAF officer||Pay||RAAF officer||Pay|
|Asst. Section Officer||12/4||Pilot Officer||18/6|
|Section Officer||13/6||Flying Officer||20/-|
|Flight Officer||17/-||Flight Lieutenant||25/-|
|Squadron Officer||19/6||Squadron Leader||32/6|
|Wing Officer||22/-||Wing Commander||38/-|
|Group Officer||24/6||Group Captain||47/6|
WAAAF and RAAF other ranks (equivalent rank) daily rates of pay (shillings/pence) for different occupation groups
|WAAAF occupation||Pay||RAAF occupation||Pay|
|Group 1||6/8||Group 1||12/-|
|Group 2||6/8||Group 2||10/6|
|Group 3||6/-||Group 3||9/-|
|Group 4||5/-||Group 4||7/6|
|Group 5||4/4||Group 5||6/6|