international women's day 2011

The Working Class Movement Library in Salford will celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday 5 March with an event called Striking a Light: Celebrating women in trade unions

Posted on: 1 February 2011

In the summer of 1888, 1,400 matchwomen walked out of the Bryant & May’s factory and into history. The story of this unexpectedly successful strike is well-known, yet the matchwomen themselves are curiously silent in it. Trade Union activist Louise Raw spent ten years searching for the women behind the myths. Interviews with people who had known them culminated in the book Striking a Light, which was published in 2009.

Lynn Collins, Regional Official (FE) for the University and College Union in the North West, will speak about trade unions today. She has been a trade union activist all her working life and has previously served on the TUC women’s Committee and represented the TUC in Europe and on the Government’s soon to be abolished Women’s National Commission. The event will be chaired by Bernadette Hyland who is a political activist and shop steward for UNITE.

International Women’s Day was first celebrated on 19 March 1911 following a resolution proposed by two German Socialists, Luise Zietz and Clara Zetkin, at the Socialist Women’s conference in Copenhagen the previous year. In the years since it has developed into a major celebration in many parts of the world and was given new life by the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1970s.

Every year on International Women’s Day the Working Class Movement Library celebrates the work and achievements of women in the labour, socialist and feminist movements of the past 200 years.

Striking a Light: Celebrating women in trade unions will take place at the Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent Salford M5 4WX, at 2pm and is free.

Please see for more information.

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