On Saturday 17th September, between 9:30am and 4pm, The Working Class Movement Library in Salford will be hosting a conference on the subject of Radical Women 1880 – 1914.
As their newsletter puts it:
This one-day conference will celebrate the battles and achievements of working-class women in the drive to achieve a fairer and more balanced society. The decades spanning the turn of the twentieth century saw an upsurge in female activism as women began to organise themselves into trade unions, take part in the socialist debates on social and economic change, and demand the vote.
Radical women not only battled against the gender-conservative males within their family or community but also those who claimed to be fighting for equality.
Speakers include Professor Sheila Rowbotham, University of Manchester and Professor Karen Hunt, Keele University.
Papers include the Cabin Restaurant waitresses strike of 1908; the life of Crewe tailoress, campaigner, activitist and author Ada Neild Chew; the forgotten history of domestic servants in women’s suffrage; radical women and the bicycle; suffragette Constance Lytton and the cause of prison reform; plus many more.
Full programme details can be found on the WCML webpages
Tickets are £20 (£7.50 unwaged) and include lunch and refreshments.
Book in advance from firstname.lastname@example.org