IT IS International Women’s Day on Wednesday (March 8) and The Royal Star an Garter saluted the women who often made sacrifices for loved ones.
International Women’s Day celebrates social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
The charity provides loving, compassionate, care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia, with Homes in Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe, and previously on International Women’s Day has celebrated the military achievements of its residents.
This year, the charity is looking at the remarkable lives of the partners of servicemen, who now live in Royal Star & Garter’s three Homes.
The partners of Armed Forces personnel often make great personal sacrifices themselves, following their loved ones across the world with a young family, or bearing long periods of separation while simultaneously raising children and earning a living.
Among them is Solihull Star and Garter resident Sue who trained as a teacher during the Second World War and qualified soon after the conflict finished.
She started teaching in 1946, and in a career that would span 35 years and teaching hundreds of children, she became a headteacher at an infants’ school in the Midlands.
Sue said: “I enjoyed being a teacher. Children are receptive and respond quickly. It’s a very important profession and comes with a lot of responsibility.”
Sue lives with her husband Harry, who served in the Navy during the Second World War.