Coughton Women and Power

Mrs Kate Mason

In 2018 at Coughton we explore women’s work, duty and political agency during the First World War through the stories of women, both at Coughton Court and in the local area.

The Coughton community was a hive of activity throughout the war years, as women led the local effort to support soldiers on the Western Front, whilst raising their families and taking on work traditionally carried out by men. Coughton women came together frequently throughout the war to organise fundraising, knitting drives and aid for wounded servicemen. Using the stories of a group of local women from different social classes, we ask questions about women’s roles, the relationship between women’s war work and suffrage, and how electoral reform changed women’s power. We will be imagining their stories in the Saloon here at Coughton Court.