In 1939 there was a high demand for women in the job industry with men out on active duty and such. There were women having to deal with the evacuation of their children (pregnant women evacuated themselves). The women that didn’t evacuate their children had to bear the brunt of extra cleaning, cooking, and bringing up the children. They also had to take on all the work previously done by the men and often cope with the absence or death of their boyfriend or husband. After an air raid the government had to ration food, washing clothes, and water. To try and save themselves from long lines women tried to grow their own vegetables in allotments or gardens. Women also had to work in the Auxiliary services. They had to work in dirty inappropriate conditions. They also had to raise children and shop after work after many stores had closed.