Talk about badass. Here you can see a portrait of a British Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) rider. The ATS was initially a women’s voluntary service, formed as a branch of the British Army in 1938, and consisted of the Emergency Services, First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, and the Women’s Legion. But over the 11 years of its existence, it grew and grew — hitting 65,000 by September of 1941. ATS numbers continued to increase until it was eventually merged into the Women’s Royal Army Corps. Anyone who has ever questioned women’s contribution to the armed services can just take one look at the steely determination in this photo. This is a woman who knows no fear.
Northern Ireland, U.K. 26 September 1941