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Thank you Caroline Haslett....
We take the UK plug and its robust over-engineered design for granted, except perhaps to occasionally look askance at half-sized foreign plugs on holiday.
The BS1363 plug and sockets were largely influenced by Caroline Haslett, the only woman on the WWII committee convened to create the standard for electrical installations in post-war reconstruction.
A pioneering mechanical and then electrical engineer, she dreamed of liberating women from domestic drudgery by means of the everyday kitchen appliances we now take for granted.
Founder of the Electrical Association for Women, guest speaker at the first World Power Conference, first female member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and first female vice president of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Caroline Haslett was more than qualified to advise on mechanical, electrical and safety aspects of the new wiring standards.
Safety shutters on the socket to stop children's fingers touching live contacts, an on/off switch, the BS 1362 fuse, compulsory earthing... and still the standard 68 years later:thank you Caroline Haslett.