Sorry for interrupting all the fun here:
This lab wasn't all-female just for being exceptionally progressive, offering "equal opportunities for ladies" -
there was a big, bloody war going on right then.
"WWI Brunner Mond modified several of their plants in order to produce ammonium nitrate for munitions.
As well as purifying TNT for government use, the firm provided synthetic phenol for conversion to the alternative explosive, picric acid."