Saturday 8 November 2014, 9.15am-4.15pm
King’s College London
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Working Women's Charter – a landmark list of ten demands aiming to create a more equal world for women. The Charter linked trade unionism to feminism and other kinds of activism. It connected women’s social, economic, and sexual rights in new and powerful ways.
Forty years on, many of these rights have been won but deep inequalities persist around pay, opportunities, pensions, caring responsibilities and much more. What should a Working Women’s Charter for the 21st century include? What should women demand of political parties in the 2015 election?
This one day event will celebrate the 1974 Working Women’s Charter, explore the many challenges that women in Britain still face, and spark ideas about how these might be overcome.
Fran Abrams, a presenter of BBC Radio 4's File on 4 and author of Below the Breadline: Living on the Minimum Wage
Sally Alexander, Professor of Modern History, Goldsmiths, University of London
Sundari Anitha, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Lincoln
Farmida Bi, Partner at multinational law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright
Zamila Bunglawala, Fellow, University of Manchester and former government policy adviser.
Pamela Cox, Professor, History and Sociology, University of Essex; presenter of two BBC series, Shopgirls and Servants
Lucy Delap, Reader in Twentieth Century British History, King’s College London and H&P Director
John Edmonds, former General Secretary of the GMB and chair of H&P's Trade Union Forum
Josie McLellan, Reader in Modern European History, University of Bristol
Daisy Sands, Head of Policy & Campaigns, Fawcett Society
Sarah Veale, Head of Equality and Employment Rights, TUC
To book a place at the event, please visit:
Last Booking Date for this Event:
30 October 2014
The Working Women's Charter 40 Years On is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council and the University of Essex. It is co-hosted with History & Policy, a unique collaboration between King's College London's Institute of Contemporary British History and the University of Cambridge History Faculty.
With long-established offices in King's College London and the University of Cambridge, H&P is an expanding Partnership currently supported by 6 Higher Education Institutes: King’s College London, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds, and The University of Sheffield.
We are the only project in the UK providing access to an international network of more than 500 historians with a broad range of expertise. H&P offers a range of resources for historians, policy makers and journalists.