UWS academics, in collaboration with colleagues from the Women’s Engineering Society, are set to make a key contribution to a UK conference exploring women’s experiences during the Great War, which runs from 13th to 14th April 2018 at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.
The conference, Voices of Women in the Great War and its Aftermath, is organised by the Women’s History Network in Midlands and will see UWS academics playing a key role in the delivery of a conference panel entitled: ‘The Emerging Voice of the Woman Engineer in WW1 and Post War Periods’.
The panel will examine some outstanding women engineers of the period who emerged from the war to become leaders in the movement to allow women to be professional engineers. The panel will be chaired by Dr Sarah Peers, Deputy President of the Women's Engineering Society. The panellists include Professor Katherine Kirk and Professor Katarzyna Kosmala both of UWS, engineering historian Dr Nina Baker, author and biographer Henrietta Heald, and Anne Locker, Library and Archives manager at the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Professor Katarzyna Kosmala said: “Many women gained technical and professional engineering skills in WW1, some rising to positions of considerable responsibility, yet their contribution continues largely invisible.