Sheffield's Women at Work during the First World War

Thursday 22nd October (talk starts at 7.30 pm, Zoom meeting open from 7.00 pm)

Much is known about the contribution of Sheffield women to the war effort during the Second World War thanks to the campaigning for recognition of the Women of Steel. Much less is known about Sheffield women's contribution to the war effort during the First World War during which their readiness to tackle what was known as 'men's' work as well as their employment in the munitions industry and the way they seized the challenge of adapting to new roles in teaching. administration and clerical work paved the way for the rapid deployment of women into the workforce later in the twentieth century.

This illustrated talk focuses on Sheffield in particular but Sheffield's women's experiences in the 1914-1918 conflict were those of women all over the UK.

Sylvia studied History at the University of Sheffield as a mature student after moving to Sheffield with her family. She emerged with a PhD just in time to join her husband as he set up a local business which her son now runs. Around the same time she was elected to Sheffield City Council and represented the Ecclesall Ward for 17 years with a partciular interest in planning, Sheffield's built and recorded heritage, transport and parks, woodlands and open spaces.  She was a Cabinet member during the 2008 - 2011 Liberal Democrat administration and enjoyed a final year as Lord Mayor Sheffield in 2011/12. Since retiring from the Council she has continued to work in the family business and has returned to her first love - researching and giving historical talks, particularly on aspects of the history of Sheffield.

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