We have come so far since the first International Women’s Day in 1911. At that time the Suffragettes were fighting – at times to the death – to ensure that women across the UK had the same democratic voting rights as men and in many working class communities women were taking on other industrial and class struggles.
We’ve come a long way since women started to stand together, shoulder to shoulder, to call for something we shouldn’t have had to ask for – equal treatment – prompting the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act. Since the 1970s when a group of factory workers in Dagenham said enough is enough and demanded to be paid the same as their male counterparts. And since so many other women got involved in the women’s liberation movement. Continue reading →
On International Women’s Day in the year of the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike, we should remember the huge contribution of women to the miners’ struggle. One of those women is Florence Anderson, who said in 1984 that the children and grandchildren of the striking miners will have pride, “not only in what their dads did, but what their mams did as well.” Here’s the end of a sensational speech to the Durham Miners’ Gala in the year of the strike.
It’s nearly three years since this government was formed, and every day we see more evidence to shred Osborne’s myth that we’re “all in this together”. With a cabinet whose combined personal wealth is around £70 million, it’s hardly surprising that the poorest are bearing the brunt of austerity while millionaires – like themselves – are getting a tax cut.
This government is shockingly unrepresentative: of ordinary working people, of ethnic minorities, of disabled people – and of women. Indeed, there are only four women in the current cabinet. And the fact that Eton is all-boys is no excuse.