Women, workplace protest and political identity in England, 1968–85

By Jonathan Moss

Women, workplace protest and political identity in England, 1968–85


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2488-3
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: April 2019
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Sociology: work & labour, Society & social sciences / Demonstrations & protest movements, History, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Trade unions, Later 20th century c 1950 to c 1999, Gender studies: women & girls, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Women, Society & social sciences / Gender studies: women, Humanities / Social & cultural history
  • Series: Gender in History


This book draws upon original research into women's workplace protest to deliver a new account of working-class women's political identity and participation in post-war England. Focusing on the voices and experiences of women who fought for equal pay, skill recognition and the right to work between 1968 and 1985, it explores why working-class women engaged in such action when they did, and it analyses the impact of workplace protest on women's political identity. A combination of oral history and written sources are used to illuminate how everyday experiences of gender and class antagonism shaped working-class women's political identity and participation. The book contributes a fresh understanding of the relationship between feminism, workplace activism and trade unionism during the years 1968-1985.


'The easy-to-read volume provides a clear introduction to a field from which even more research can be expected in the future.'


1. Contextualising women's workplace activism in post-war England
2. The Ford Sewing-Machinists' Strike, 1968, Dagenham
3. The Trico-Folberth Equal Pay Strike, Brentford, 1976
4. Sexton's Shoe Factory Occupation and Fakenham Enterprises, Norfolk, 1972-77
5. The Ford Sewing-Machinists' Strike, Dagenham, 1984-85


Jonathan Moss is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sussex

Women, workplace protest and political identity in England, 1968–85

By Jonathan Moss

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