Learn more about how First World War affected women

Women's Land Army recruitment procession 26.06.1918 Photograph courtesy of Preston City Council/Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

Women's Land Army recruitment procession 26.06.1918 Photograph courtesy of Preston City Council/Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

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

Staff from the county council’s community heritage team will hold a free talk in Longton Library at 2pm on Tuesday November 10.

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 huge differences to women’s lives. Suddenly women became an active part of the workforce, rising to the challenge and making great sacrifices.

“The perception of women changed. Now British women weren’t seen as only wives and mothers, but as a visible strength in public life. 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.”

Book via 0300 123 6703 or call in at the library.