Early Adventures of Professional Women

When: March 13 2020

Where: London, United Kingdom


Is it a myth that the First World War liberated women?

The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919 was one of the most significant pieces of legislation in modern Britain. It should have marked a social revolution, opening the doors of the traditional professions to women who had worked hard during the War, and welcoming them inside as equals.

But what career opportunities did it really open up?

The National Archives's International Women's Day talk focuses on the lives of pioneering women of the early-20th century that forged careers in the fields of medicine, law, academia, architecture, engineering and the church, looking at how their experiences raise questions about equal opportunity, the gender pay gap, the work/life balance that are relevant today, and asks: Is it possible for women to have it all?

This talk will be presented by author and historian Jane Robinson, alongside a document display.

Fri, 13 March 2020
14:00 – 15:30 GMT

The National Archives
Bessant Drive

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