Learn more about the role of women on the Home Front during World War I with Professor Karen Hunt.
For many, if asked to picture women in First World War Britain, images of munition workers and VADs might come to mind. Rarely pictured though are the largest group of women, the housewives of the home front. During the course of the war the daily activities of the housewife would prove to be crucial as, was argued by the government, food became a weapon of war and the kitchen became the key to victory. In this informative talk Professor Hunt will examine and question whether a difference in our understanding of the war is created if we add the housewife to the narrative and stories told about the First World War.
Karen Hunt is Professor Emerita of Modern British History at Keele University. She has long been interested in women’s relationship to politics, writing books Equivocal Feminists (1996) and Socialist Women (2002), with June Hannam. In the last few years Professor Hunt has focused her attention on the First World War home front and has written essays on topics including, women’s neighbourhood networks; on the housewife; and on gender and everyday life. Her book on daily life on the Staffordshire home front will be published later this year. She has also acted as an academic adviser to the AHRC/BBC World War One at Home project in the West Midlands.