Throughout the history of working class movements, from the matchmakers strike of 1888 to last year’s Glasgow equal pay dispute, women have played a leading role in pushing for militant action and developing class consciousness in Britain. Via archive film footage of three key moments in this history (Grunwick, Fords Dagenham and Trico), this workshop will discuss how struggles led by women have redefined our understanding of the working class and what this history can teach us for building a genuinely broad based socialist movement today.
Professor Mary Davis is a historian who has written, broadcast and lectured widely on women’s history, labour history, imperialism and racism and who, in 2010, was awarded the TUC Women’s Gold badge for services to trade unionism.
Nadine Houghton is a national officer for the GMB trade union and has lead the successful campaign to secure recognition at Net A Porter. She also works closely with the New Economics Foundation on developing policies and strategy for trade union renewal.