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From Corsets to Camouflage Women and War

Kate Adie, OBE
Friday, 5 Mar 2004
The Helena May Club

The Helena May Club, 35 Garden Road

Drinks Reception 6.30pm, Lecture 7.30 pm We are delighted to welcome Kate Adie to lecture to the Society. One of the finest war correspondents of our time and Chief News Correspondent at the BBC, Kate Adie has travelled the world by cattle truck and armoured car, and had close encounters with bullets and bombs while reporting from most of the world's danger zones. Kate Adie has become one of the bestknown faces on television for her reporting from the major events and wars of recent years, including the events at Tiananmen Square and wars in the Middle East, the Balkans, the Gulf, Albania, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. She began work as a journalist in British regional television and joined BBC TV News in 1979. Her coverage of the 1980 siege of the Iranian embassy brought her to immediate prominence as one of the few women reporting difficult and dangerous stories. Kate Adie became the BBC's chief news correspondent in 1989 and immediately came to the fore when covering the uprising at Tiananmen Square. For this, as well as other major stories, she has won an array of awards and several honorary degrees. Her honours include three RTS awards, the Bafta Richard Dimbleby Award and the Broadcasting Press Guild's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. She was awarded an OBE in 1993. She has written two books, The Kindness of Strangers, which reveals the demanding life of a woman always in the middle of the action, and From Corsets to Camouflage Women and War. In this lecture, Kate Adie speaks on From Corsets to Camouflage Women and War. Through complementary correspondence and many personal stories she brings to life the enormous and often unsung achievements of women in uniform, from the great World War I nurse Dame Maud McCarthy to the women in combat in the Gulf Wars. Although more women are now taking prominent roles in combat, the status implied by uniform is often regarded as contrary to the general perception of womanhood. Kate Adie explores the image of uniformed women, both in conflict and in civilian roles throughout the 20th century. She examines the extraordinary range of jobs that uniformed women performed, from nursing to the armed services, and looks at how far women came in a century which, for them, began restricted in corsets and ended on the battlefield in camouflage. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$50 for Members, HK$100 for Members' guests and HK$150 for others.

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