We can do it! Talk about Women and the War in Lancashire

11 June 2015

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 a number of interesting talks across the county in July.

They will recall the contribution made by women and children and how the war affected them.

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

"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 talks are free to attend but booking is required as places are limited. They will take place as follows:

Wednesday 1 July, 7pm, Nelson Library, Pendle

Saturday 4 July, 2pm, Harris Library, Preston

Wednesday 8 July, 10.30am, Eccleston Library, Chorley

Monday 13 July, 6.30pm, Rosegrove Library, Burnley

Call 0300 123 6703 to book a place or call in at the library.

For more information, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/ww1/whats-on.aspx. Alternatively call 0300 123 6703.

Notes for Editors: Picture Caption: Photograph of the March of the Women's Land Army outside County Hall, Preston on 22 June 1918.
For further information please contact: Julie Dobson on 01772 536616
[email protected]

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