Titanic survivor Elsie Bowerman went on to participate in and witness major historical events; she also got to experience the broader opportunities for women in the 20th century.
After the Titanic hit an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912, only 705 of the 2,206 people onboard would survive. One of the lucky ones was Elsie Bowerman, a 22-year-old British woman. After surviving the disaster, Bowerman went on to participate in and witness major historical events; she also got to experience the broader opportunities for women in the 20th century. Here's a look at a remarkable life that fortunately wasn't cut short.
In 1912, Elsie Bowerman decided to leave England and cross the Atlantic because she and her mother wanted to visit friends and family in America and Canada. Unfortunately, when the two women embarked upon their journey on April 10, 1912, it was on the Titanic.
Booking passage on that ship was certainly an unlucky choice, but Bowerman and her mother were in the best possible position onboard. Not only would they benefit from the nautical code of "women and children first," as first-class passengers, they would also be first in line for lifeboats.
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