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The Working Women’s Charter 40 Years On

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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.

Speakers include:

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






Further Details:

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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.

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