WEBINAR | From “Bachelor Girl” to the three-pin plug: the electrifying life of Dame Caroline Haslett
event Thursday, 26 November 2020
access_time 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
location_on Online webinar
An engineer and champion of women's rights, Caroline Haslett (1895-1957) advocated the power of electricity to help to raise women up from the drudgery of domestic duties. A trainee engineer in the First World War and the first secretary of the Women’s Engineering Society, Haslett co-founded the Electrical Association for Women and worked with her friend, electrical engineer Margaret Partridge to electrify her London ‘bachelor girl’ flat in the mid 1920s. She became an accomplished networker and committee woman, and during the Second World War advocated for women’s access to war work opportunities. She was the only woman on the post war committee which gave Britain the three point plug, convincing the men that it was safer in the home. And she died as she lived, leaving instructions in her will that she should be cremated by electricity.
Anne Locker (Library and Archives Manager, IET) and Ceryl Evans (Head of Engagement at Brighton Museums) explore the electrifying life of Caroline Haslett based on the IET archives and the WES Centenary project.
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