Category Archives: Socialism

“How many magnificent battles will be won…”Our Enid The Life and Work of Enid Stacy 1868-1903

Over the last few months we have seen a revival in grassroots trade union activity, much of it by working class women. From the Kinsley Cleaners in Wakefield to the Teaching Assistants in Derby and Durham – women working in … Continue reading

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1896: Minutes of Manchester and Salford Women’s Trades Union Council

This is the second post of the Transcription Project and it is 1896. In 1896 the Council held its first Annual Meeting  in February and  began the year by joining together with other organisations to investigate the working conditions of … Continue reading

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Book Review; Rebel Crossings New Women,Free Lovers and Radicals in Britain and the United States by Sheila Rowbotham

  For Sheila Rowbotham history is both personal and political. In her latest book, Rebel Crossings, she links the lives of the six main characters – and their quest for a better world  – with her own history of political … Continue reading

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Read my weekly roundup of radical arts and politics…I Daniel Blake,Birdsong; Stories From Pripyat,Off Beat:Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground, Scapegallows

                Watch I, Daniel Blake for free next Sunday, 25 September, through this link.  Like many of Ken Loach’s films it’s a polemic about the state of society in the UK today. For … Continue reading

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Writing up Women’s Trade Union History: The Transcription Project for the Manchester and Salford Women’s Trade Union Council 1895-1919

1895 In this post I am going to talk about a unique organisation, which from the start encouraged working class women to join trade unions and support unions that already exist; collected  information about the conditions of women’s work;  and … Continue reading

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Read my weekly roundup of radical arts and politics..East of Everything, Second anniversary of Tameside against the Cuts,We weren’t given anything for Free and Syd Shelton’s photos of Rock against Racism

              Watch East of Everything (youtube/free) another fantastic series from Australia. Forget Neighbours and Home and Away this is grown up television. Art Watkins is a travel writer who returns home to a neglected … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

      Watch Ladies who Do (free on this link ) a fascinating comedy set in London in 1963 about women cleaners from the east end of London who use their inside knowledge to play the stock market, well, … Continue reading

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