Welcome to the website for the Women, Work & Activism: Pasts, Presents, Futures Conference which will be held at Newcastle University 9-10th November 2018.
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Work by women: pay deficit; inferior employment status; fewer promotion prospects; less social value; greater precarity; often invisible and unmeasured. All this is true despite decades of legislation surrounding citizenship, human rights and employment rights. This historic problem is one that the post-2008 global crisis has exacerbated through welfare cuts and a neo-liberal and gendered drive on the part of employers to render labour markets more ‘flexible’. However, women have not passively accepted these inequities. From the Bread and Roses strike that inspired International Women’s Day to the Grunwick dispute in the 1970s, women have organised, resisted and challenged unequal treatment, and workplace injustice.
This conference will bring together scholars from different disciplines, including History, Sociology, Politics, Geography, Economics, Industrial Relations, English & Other Literatures, Business & Management, Gender & LGBT+ Studies, Modern Languages, and Media & Cultural Studies.