Category Archives: political women

My review of “They Divided the Sky” A Novel by Christa Wolf. (2013)

What do you want to do ? New mailCopy Christa Wolf (1929-2011) was an East German (GDR) novelist. Born into the Nazi era,  like many of her generation (in the east and the west) she embraced socialism after the war … Continue reading

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Political women; Maria Brabiner anti-Bedroom Tax campaigner, Labour Party council candidate.

Dear Friends I am reviving this series of interviews trying to find working class women who are activists in their political party, trade union or single issue campaign. It seems to be me they have disappeared from the political scene … Continue reading

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IBRG at the WCML;part six. A Welcome for IBRG at St.Brendan’s Irish Centre.

  In the 1980s when IBRG branches were being   set up across the country one of the biggest problems was finding somewhere to meet. There were many  Irish Centres,  but most of them did not want an Irish group with … Continue reading

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IBRG at the WCML; part five BBC, Censorship and the Irish Community

The 1980s saw the rise and rise of IBRG as a local and national  grassroots campaigning organisation that exposed not only the racism and discrimination facing the Irish in Britain but drew the links between those issues and Britain’s ongoing … Continue reading

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IBRG Archive at the WCML; N.E.Lancs IBRG and Irish Women in Britain.

IBRG was an organisation that reflected the history of the Irish in this country but one that was not frightened off linking up the present with the past – unlike many other Irish organisations in the era of 1981-2003. Branches  … Continue reading

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Margaret Mullarkey; working class, Boltonian, IBRG activist

  In archiving the history of IBRG it is noticeable how many women were active as national officers as well as playing a more hidden role as the backbone of the organisation at a branch level. Margaret was one of … Continue reading

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My review of “Betty Tebbs – a radical working class hero” by Mark Metcalf

      Through my friendship with Eddie and Ruth Frow I have met many women like Betty who had been  activists in the CPGB and the trade union movement. We came from different generations – and had quite different … Continue reading

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My review of “Sisters in Cells” by Aine and Eibhlin Nic Giolla Easpaig

  Aine and Eibhlin Nic Giolla Easpaig are unique in several ways. They were republican women political prisoners in the 70s – the first women of that era to be imprisoned in England, while their autobiography “Sisters in Cells” is … Continue reading

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My review of “Common Cause” by Kate Hunter

  KATE Hunter, a working class writer and political activist, recognises the massive barriers facing any person   from her background who wants to write. At the age of  nine she won a  National Essay prize,  but there was no encouragement … Continue reading

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My review of “Labour Women in Power Cabinet Ministers in the Twentieth Century by Paula Bartley

    In the mid 1970s I was the first person in my family and  the first on my council estate to get a place at University. Our elderly neighbour Mrs Hall said to me. “Ooh you’ll be another Barbara … Continue reading

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