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Press Release - 28 February 2005

Free public lecture on women and the army

The contentious issue of integrating women into the Army and other armed services is the subject of a free public lecture organised by the University of Bath in association with the Royal Society of the Arts (Thursday 10 March 2005).

Dr Diana Henderson, who was a soldier for 33 years, will ask why in an age of equal opportunity the process of bringing women into the Armed Services has been controversial, both within the Services and in society in general.

Dr Henderson, who as a Lieutenant Colonel commanded a regiment of the Woman's Royal Army Corps, will examine issues such as the absence of women in the Parachute Regiment, and maintaining moral standards in the Services.

She will talk about the four million women who volunteered for, or were conscripted into, the British services during the Second World War. More than 1,500 were killed, and many served bravely with distinction.

Dr Henderson, who is Alumni and Development Director for Queens College, University of Cambridge, and an author on Scottish Military History, will give the free lecture at the University on Thursday 10 March 2005 at 6.15pm in the 8 West building in room 1.1.

The lecture is called Girls? What Girls? - Women and the Army. Free tickets are available from Sheila Willmott on 01225 386 631,

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