Professor Maggie Humm reported that the ‘Women, Work, Equality: From Dagenham to the Coalition Cuts’ event was a key finale to our successful seminar series, ‘women are being hit disproportionately by the Budget cuts. Studies show they will carry three-quarters of the burden because they rely more on benefits, and two-thirds of public sector workers are women (77% of the NHS). Women are also over-represented in part-time and hourly paid jobs. Already more than 30,000 women a year lose their jobs due to pregnancy’.
Sarah Boston, award-winning film maker, showed her very moving film of interviews with the original Ford Dagenham women
strikers. Anna Bird, Head of Policy and Campaigns at the Fawcett Society, described the Fawcett campaigns and the fight to have the government conduct equality-audits. Bea Campbell, award-winning journalist and one of Britain’s leading feminist voices, suggested new ways of thinking equality; and Tim Hall was instrumental in the successful campaign for a London Living Wage at UEL. The event was chaired by Professor Maggie Humm. It was a fascinating and informative seminar.
A full audio recording of the seminar is available here: Women Work Equality