• March 2018

Women in the WEA

When the WEA was founded 115 years ago working class women had few rights: they could not vote and faced enormous barriers to employment and achieving equal status in almost all areas of life. Educational opportunities for all women were extremely limited.  Girls’ secondary schools existed for those whose fathers were prepared to pay and a few women’s colleges provided secondary and further education.  Technical colleges offered vocational training, mainly to men and boys.