126 years ago, 1,400 women and girls walked out of the Bryant and May match factory in Bow, in defiance of horrendous working situations. It was an audacious and unprecedented move — one which paid off in spades, and paved the way for the modern labour movement. Tomorrow (4 July), there's a chance to honour those workers and learn more about their legacy, at the Matchwoman's Festival, taking place at Canning Town Caravanserai.
Terry McCarthy will speak about the matchwomen-inspired London Dock Strike of 1889, Kate Connelly discusses her book about the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, writer and director Kate Hardie will focus on her film Shoot Me!, and Sara Khan will explain the importance of making links with Muslim women.
There will also be songs from Tina McKevitt, and spoken word from Faisal Ali.
The festival takes place on 4 July from 2pm-10pm. Tickets cost £4 (plus booking fee). You can pay on the door for a slightly higher fee.
To find out more about the history behind the matchwomen, read our article from last year.