21 June

'At least one half of the crowd was composed of the sort of people you would expect to see at a suburban garden party.' _ Yorkshire Daily Post

June 21, 2009 · 1 min read

Today in 1908, the first major country-wide demonstration in support women’s suffrage took place. In London’s Hyde Park, ‘Women’s Sunday’ was attended by an estimated 200000 to 300000 people.

Sunday was chosen so as many working class women as possible could attend, while their wealthier sisters emptied London’s department stores of the white (representing purity) dresses that they were encourage to wear; as well as green (hope) and purple (dignity) accessories. The idea to look as ‘fetching’, ‘charming’ and as ‘ladylike’ as possible but it still failed to impress Mr Asquith.


The Socialist Olympics of 1936

Radical workers’ sporting organisations and the 1936 People’s Olympiad illustrate the role of sport in fighting oppression, writes Uma Arruga i López.

Review – You’re History: The Twelve Strangest Women in Music

Lesley Chow argues for a new kind of music criticism that re-evaluates women musicians and "meaningless" music, writes Rhian E Jones

Lying through their legacy-speak

Olympic ‘legacy’ has greased the path for enormous, upward transfer of wealth to the global propertied classes, writes Jules Boykoff


SWexit: What are exit schemes for sex workers missing?

If earning money is a fundamental reason for entering the sex industry, it is also essential to leaving it, writes Marin Scarlett.

Failure to deliver

Major financial institutions have cited Deliveroo’s employment practices for its disastrous public share launch. Alice Martin and Tom Powdrill look at what went wrong and what it might mean for workers’ rights

Power on the picket line: remembering the Burnsall Strike

Almost 30 years on, Sarbjit Johal recalls supporting the strike, which consisted of mostly Punjabi women workers

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