On 15 September 1916, the “female” tank, also referred to as the “man-killing” tank, took part in the first tank action ever (WW1, Battle of Flers-Courcelette). It was equipped only with machine guns. By 1918, it was decided that tanks should be 'hermaphrodites', simultaneously male and female, carrying both heavy armament and lighter machine guns.
Exactly one hundred years later, Nockolds’ Women in Business event was held in a week of record breaking sunshine for the month of September. Our third meeting of 2016 was held at ‘The Straw Hat’ in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Upon arrival, our professional networkers were met with a cooling drink, which they enjoyed in the sunshine, followed by a sumptuous oriental banquet. It proved to be a great opportunity for our members to catch-up with one another after a busy summer.
The theme of our meeting this quarter was the success achieved by women during the last century, women whose ambitions were realised not simply through determination and hard-work, but through maintaining a clear and focused strategy.
We spoke of the significance of the contribution made by women and young girls during the industrial revolution, later the campaign for women’s suffrage, through to the present day and women’s incredible success in sport and business.
It is surprising to realise that less than one hundred years ago women in the United Kingdom still did not have the right to vote. Women's rights became increasingly prominent towards the end of nineteenth century and the fight for female suffrage was becoming increasingly militant in approach by the start of the next. Perhaps this is why when the first prototype of the aforementioned tank was created it was given the nickname "Mother". It was a decade later, in 1928, before all women over 21 years of age were given the vote.
Nockolds’ Women in Business (WIB) is a professional women’s membership group set up to empower business women in the area and enable networking and promotion of their businesses. WIB meets four times a year at various venues in the local area for lunch. Our next meeting will take place on 8 December 2016.