The women who shaped modern Norfolk
- Credit: Archant Library
Each year on March 8 the world commemorates International Women's Day.
It is dedicated to celebrating women's achievements, pursuing equality and raising awareness of bias or disparity in society.
The inaugural International Women's Day was held in Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Germany on March 19, 1911. This was seven years before homeowning or married women over 30 were granted the right to vote in the UK.
On the cusp of the First World War the chosen day changed to March 8 and has been observed then ever since.
While there has been political, economic and social progress for women since that first celebration a century ago there is still work to be done - and that is why there is a need to observe days like these in our calendars.
In honour of International Women's Day we have gathered a collection of old archive photos of women in Norfolk from decades gone by.
Some are at work. Some are at play. Some are caught during those moments in between.
- 1 The school where boys can wear skirts - but not shorts
- 2 Woman in her 20s dies in A47 crash
- 3 Cyclist in her 50s dies in A11 crash
- 4 Redundancy leads to Norfolk mum earning up to £3,000 a month
- 5 Man jealous of ex-wife's new relationship burnt down house
- 6 Breckland builder dumped toilet cisterns and bathroom items in front garden
- 7 How much will Great Yarmouth's new Marina Centre cost?
- 8 Car seen driving on the wrong side of the A47
- 9 Train travellers set for another weekend of rail disruption
- 10 Michael Bublé concert bans chairs and blankets from gig
These snapshots of the past offer but a small glimpse of the uncountable women who have shaped Norfolk and made our county such a fantastic place to live in.