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A World Without Men: Women on the Home Front in WWI

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  • Dublin Western Front Association event

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    A World Without Men: Women on the Home Front.

    By Rachel Abraham

    The presentation begins with women's role in society pre-1914. Through a number of sources e.g. Virginia Nicholson's book 'Singled Out: How two Million Women Survived Without Men after the First World War", Lucinda Gosling's 'Great War Britain: The First World War at Home', Kate Adie's 'Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One', Neil R. Storey & Molly Housego's 'Women in the First World War' and two Pitkin Guides: 'Women at War[masked]' and Fashion: Women in World War One', Rachel will tell the story of women on the Home Front during WW1.

    While the presentation will focus mainly on the British Home Front, Rachel will also draw from the RTE/RIA publication edited by John Horne, 'Our War' to tell the story of the Irish women left at home while their men went off to the war.

    Rachel is a teacher in CSN, an FE College of Further Education in Cork City. She lives in the Cork area with her five-year-old daughter, Aoife. In 2007 she started to research her family tree, and through this research became interested in her grand-uncle Myles Abraham who fought on the Western Front. Her interest in Myles and World War One has grown over recent years and in addition to talking at the Cork and Dublin branches of the WFA, she has also had a number of articles printed online: 'This Old War' – Remembering Major Edward C R Kilkelly MC (on the WFA main website): The Myles Abraham Story (on the IRFU website) Last year she curated Cork City Council's 1916 exhibition 'Rebellion' in St. Peter's Church, North Main Street, Cork.

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