Voices of Women in the Great War and its Aftermath

  • Kosmala, K. (Invited speaker)
  • Katherine Kirk (Invited speaker)
  • Dr Nina Baker (Invited speaker)
  • Henrietta Heald (Invited speaker)
  • Sarah Pears (Chair)
  • Anne Locker (Invited speaker)

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Panel entitled: The Emerging Voice of the Woman Engineer in WW1 and Post-War Periods
Chair: Dr Sarah Peers

Soapsuds to Boilersuits - Dr Nina Baker
A Car for a Woman, a Career for All - Professor Katherine Kirk and Professor Katarzyna Kosmala
Women who started the Women’s Engineering Society - Henrietta Heald
Margaret Partridge and the Defeat of the Nightwork Rule -Anne Locker

Many women gained technical and professional engineering skills in WW1, some rising to positions of considerable responsibility. The Restoration of Prewar Practices Act 1919 obliged employers to sack any woman doing any work formerly done by a man. Very few were able to continue, which was the reason why the Women's Engineering Society was set up in 1919. This panel will include speakers on some outstanding women engineers of the period who emerged from the war to become leaders in the movement to allow women to be professional engineers. We will also consider what foundations they laid for today's women in engineering.

Period13 Apr 2018
Event typeConference
LocationDudley Show on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • women in history
  • engineering
  • heritage
  • technology
  • innovation