Exhibition Review: Women Doing Men’s Jobs

During World War One, there were countless stories of badass women who defied norms and contributed to the war effort in incredible ways. Mary Boden set up and funded a mobile hospital unit on the Western Front that nursed soldiers wounded in Ypres and Somme, serving...

Women and Mental Illness: A Brief History – WWI (Part 2)

The First World War changed attitudes towards mental illness considerably after so many men returned from the fighting with serious psychological conditions. What came to be known as ‘shell-shock’ had a massive impact upon society during and after the war....

100 years ago: a Punjabi teenager’s innermost thoughts

The commemoration of the centenary of the First World War in Britain can seem to be everywhere. On 31 May, the BBC broadcast live the service of remembrance for the Battle of Jutland, and on 1 July, we were overwhelmed by events marking 100 years since the Battle of...

Flora Sandes

Flora Sandes (22 January 1876 – 24 November 1956) was a very interesting woman in the First World War. Although she was British, she enlisted into the allied Serbian army and consequently was the first British woman to fight as a soldier during the war. Flora was...

Rosa Luxemburg

During WWI, Germany was having complex political problems on its home front. We don’t often hear much about German women during the war, but Rosa Luxemburg (5th March 1871 – 15th January 1919) was a heroine, standing up and dying for her political views in...

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