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.
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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 McDonald's branch to close for up to three months
- 2 Father stabbed to death 'after argument about motorbike noise'
- 3 Man dies after 'industrial incident' at farm
- 4 Four fish and chip shops listed among the best in the country
- 5 'I ran for my life' - Neighbour who saw fatal row tells of terror
- 6 Murder victim is named as accused under armed guard in hospital
- 7 Mental health hospital owed £2m to staff and creditors when it shut
- 8 Hospital to close with loss of 120 jobs
- 9 Smokehouse to be showcased on BBC One’s Antiques Road Trip
- 10 Churros and Chorizo to open park cafe near Norwich
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.