“The war is usually seen through military eyes. However, it could not have been won without the efforts of millions of women. They proved what they could do – what took a great deal longer was to convince everyone that they should do it.”
‘Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One’ by Kate Adie, (Hodder & Stoughton)
The history of the contribution of women to history is not a glorious one; so often the part of women has been glossed over. But I do detect a sea change. My local museum, Bath Museum of Costume, is running an exhibition of The Great War in Costume. Here’s an extract from the press release:
World War I changed women’s life forever; in terms of status, class, position and what was acceptable for a woman to wear. Fashion changed with the innovation of women being required to do men’s work. The corset disappeared and trousers became a norm.
Unfortunately I can’t make the talk given by broadcaster Lucy Addlington but I’ll certainly be attending the exhibition. If you’re anywhere near Bath, UK do go; it’s a fabulous museum. Here’s a link for more details.
P.S. RenewYou women don’t wear uniform, but they certainly make a contribution! More information is here.
Posted on July 21st, 2014 by Jane