Caroline Haslett blue plaque in Crawley

Born at Worth
and later living in
Three Bridges
Dame
Caroline Haslett
(1895-1957)
Electrical Engineer
became in 1924 the
first director of the
Electrical Association
for Women

Dame Caroline Harriet Haslett, DBE, JP (August 17, 1895, Worth (now in Crawley, West Sussex) – January 4, 1957, Bungay, Suffolk) was a British electrical engineer and electricity industry administrator.She was the first secretary of the Women's Engineering Society, and the founder and editor of its journal, The Woman Engineer. She was co-founder and first director of the Electrical Association for Women, which pioneered such 'wonders', as they were described in contemporary magazines, as the "All-Electric House" in Bristol in 1935. Her particular interest was electricity, and how this might benefit women by liberating them from household drudgery. In the early 1920s, few houses had electric light or heating, let alone electrical appliances; the National Grid was not yet in existence.Way is being made by electricity for a higher order of women - women set free from drudgery, who have time for reflection; for self-respect. We are coming to an Age when the spiritual and higher state of life will have freer development, and this is only possible when women are liberated from soul-destroying drudgery...I want her to have leisure to acquaint herself more profoundly with the topics of the day

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