Course overview

With Guest Speaker Sue Dockett. We will discuss women involved in developing the voice of women in trade unionism and how they used the media to further their cause. We will also discuss how we can effectively use today's media to counter misinformation about trade unions and workers' rights.

Course description

With Guest Speaker Sue Dockett.

Margaret Bondfield, Julia Varley and Ada Neild Chew were three of the most important women in developing women’s trade unionism at the turn of the 20th century. Despite their working-class origins and limited education, they made use of the media to further their cause.

The talk will look at the influence their writing had on a hostile public opinion, social and government policy, how their trade union and political careers developed, and the similarities and differences in their lives.

We will conclude with a discussion on the effectiveness of their use of the media at that time and how we can effectively use today’s media to counter misinformation and disinformation about trade unions and workers’ rights.

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