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Women and the Army: 100 Years of Progress?

June 24, 2017
Department of Research and Academic Access, National Army Museum

Foyle Centre
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HT
United Kingdom

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To mark the re-opening of the National Army Museum following a £23 million refurbishment, a conference is being held to coincide with the one hundredth anniversary of the first recruitment of women into the non-nursing branches of the British Army. It is also the twenty-fifth anniversary of the disbandment of the Women’s Royal Army Corps and the absorption of female soldiers into the army as a whole, and a year on from the announcement that women were eligible to perform close combat roles in tank and infantry units. In short, 2017 is the ideal vantage point from which to review decades of debate about the role of women in the military, and to consider what role they might perform in the future.

The themes of the conference will encompass all aspects of women’s military service from 1917 to the present day, whether historical, operational, political, sociological or philosophical. No academic discipline should feel excluded.

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