When talking of Valiant women, its not just Nurses and Doctors. We include women and girls of all nations and all walks of life. Some women volunteered and went to war, some worked in Munitions, others worked on the roads and driving etc. 

These women opened up a whole new way of life for us women of today and we should be so grateful to them for carrying the torch that showed us the way.


Over the coming months we hope that you will talk about your own particular Valiant woman, mine is my grannie. We will put your stories and pictures on the website if you send them in to us at

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DR FRANCES IVENS, arguably the most famous female doctor in WW1

Mary Hannah Frances Ivens (1870 – 6 February 1944) CBE FRCOG was an obstetrician and gynaecologist who was the first woman appointed to a hospital consultant post in Liverpool.


During the First World War she was chief medical officer at the Scottish Women's Hospital at Royaumont, northeast of Paris. For her services to the French forces she was awarded the Légion d'honneur and the Croix de Guerre.