The next exhibition at the Women’s Library in Aldgate deals with the issue of women and work.
Entitled All Work and Low Pay: the Story of Women and Work, this new show challenges the myth that the majority of women did not work until the social change, equality legislation and the Women’s Lib movement in the second half of the 20th century.
In fact, women have always worked, whether in paid jobs, or in the home; it’s just, argues this show, that their work has been consistently unrecognised and undervalued.
The All Work and Low Pay exhibition details the extraordinary range of jobs done by women over the past 150 years, from forging iron chains to assembling fine electrical components.
In addition, All Work and Low Pay highlights the campaigns for equal pay and fair working conditions led by pioneering activists and supported by trade unions. Visit, and you’ll find out about women who strived to make working lives fairer and more pleasant for themselves, as well as their colleagues and those who followed in their wake. If you’re a fan of the 2010 film, Made In Dagenham, you’ll be able to find out more about the 1968 Ford strike which inspired the movie.
Women and work is a hot topic at the moment; it’s been argued that the Government’s cuts are affecting women more than men. A trip to this show may have you muttering plus ça change…
All Work and Low Pay is at The Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street, London, E1 7NT, from 28 October to 4 April next year. Entrance is free. Visit www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary to find out more.