We Can Do It! Talk about Women and the War in Lancashire

7 January 2016

Lancashire County Council's libraries are helping people to discover what life was like for women on the home front during World War 1.

Staff from the county council's community heritage team will hold an interesting talk at Knott End library next week.

The contribution women and children made and how the war affected them will be discussed.

Fiona McIntyre, community heritage manager, said: "The First World War made such great differences to women's lives. Suddenly women became an active part of the workforce, rising to the challenge and making great sacrifices.

"Opinions of women changed. Now British women weren't seen as only wives and mothers, but as a visible strength in public life, for the very first time. It was a time when women defied both cultural and social barriers and made some incredible achievements.

"Many women were employed for the first time, taking over jobs traditionally thought of as being suitable only for men. From transport to agriculture, munitions and even politics, women stepped into the breach and became a part of the war machine, gaining their own rights and often an independent income.

"They supported those who were fighting and the war effort and it is only right that we commemorate this generation of truly inspiring women."

The talk is free to attend but booking is essential as places are limited.

The talk will take place as follows:

Thursday 14 January, 2pm, Knott End Library (Wyre)

To book a place telephone 0300 123 6703 or call in at the library.

For more information, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/ww1/whats-on.aspx

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