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June 23, 2016 AT 2:30 pm

Dame Caroline Haslett: Founder and Director of the Electrical Association for Women #nwed2016 @nwed1919 #RaisingProfiles

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Dame Caroline Haslett was an electrical engineer and activist for women in engineering. Via Wikipedia:

Dame Caroline Harriet Haslett, DBE, JP was an English electrical engineer and electricity industry administrator.

She was the first secretary of the Women’s Engineering Society, and the founder and editor of its journal, The Woman Engineer. She was co-founder and first director of the Electrical Association for Women, which pioneered such ‘wonders’, as they were described in contemporary magazines, as the “All-Electric House” in Bristol in 1935. Her particular interest was electricity, and how this might benefit women by liberating them from household drudgery. In the early 1920s, few houses had electric light or heating, let alone electrical appliances; the National Grid was not yet in existence.

Way is being made by electricity for a higher order of women – women set free from drudgery, who have time for reflection; for self-respect. We are coming to an Age when the spiritual and higher state of life will have freer development, and this is only possible when women are liberated from soul-destroying drudgery… I want her to have leisure to acquaint herself more profoundly with the topics of the day

— Caroline Haslett

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