In the absence of over 100,000 men overseas, women were brought into the paid workforce. These women are being taught wool testing and classing at the Masterton Technical School in November 1917, in the expectation that they would then fill vacancies in the wool industry. This was the first such class aimed specifically at women workers.
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Reference: Auckland Weekly News, 15 November 1917, p. 36 (N-P 1090-36)
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