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“The Legacy of Women in WWI” with Kate Adie

 Kate Adie Foundation Lecture Kate Adie OBE, former chief news correspondent at the BBC, came to talk to students, parents and the public at Stamford Endowed Schools on Tuesday 18th November, as part of the Foundation Lecture Series.

Kate Adie is one of the most recognisable faces of British broadcasting, reporting on such major world events as The Gulf War, the breakup of Former Yugoslavia and the student uprising in Tiananmen Square. She came to the Stamford Endowed Schools to address the topic of her new book; “Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in WWI”. Her lecture discussed the state of women’s rights leading up to the First World War, and how, despite initial outrage at the thought of women assisting the war effort, the work provided by these women back on home soil created a pivotal moment in the battle for getting the vote.

She spoke about how the Suffrage movement used the war as a way of proving themselves; a demonstration of female strength in a time when they had very little opportunities, especially in the world of work and education. WWI saw practising female surgeons, a Yorkshire-born woman rise to Sargent-major in the Serbian army, and even the introduction of women wearing trousers. Kate Adie captivated a packed-out audience with these tales of women’s role ‘behind-the-scenes’ of the First World War.

Principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools, Stephen Roberts, said: “It was an incredibly insightful lecture about a relevant topic of history, and it fascinated the audience. It was an honour to welcome such an iconic journalist to the schools.”