In Britain during the miners' strike it was impossible not to Women Against Pit Closures was a political movement supporting miners and their families in the UK miners' strike of 1984–85. The miners’ strike apparently drew upon and reaffirmed traditional female roles whilst at the same time creating the circumstances whereby these roles became articulated with the class struggle by drawing women into the arena of trade union political action. When asked to remember, retired miners' wives and women who spent their girlhood years in mining communities of the twenties and thirties can recall incidents from their day-to-day existence which give us a picture of that unique lifestyle which is gone forever. Media representations from the period, including photographs, newspaper reports and the women’s own publications show them in collective kitchens, at community and cultural events, at rallies and on picket lines (e.g. Stand By Your Man: Women and the Miners' Strike 1984–85 in South Wales, Unpublished MA Thesis. Women and the miners' strike – a fresh look at our history Recent research projects seek to re-examine the role of women during the 1984-5 miners’ strike by focusing on fact rather than prevailing formulaic imagery created by the media at the time. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Archivist Kate Higgins uses the Women’s Library@LSE archive to look back at women’s response to the Miners’ Strike 1984-85, on its 30th anniversary. Women in the Miners' Strike The miners’ strike pitted the National Union of Mineworkers against Margaret Thatcher’s government in a struggle for the future of Britain. Video produced by the ACTT and NUJ trade unions to show their support for the 1984-85 miners' strike. Most of the strikers were men, and the story of the strike has often been told from the perspective of men. In this brand new special exhibition, discover the stories of women in the coal industry who came out on strike alongside the men, and miners’ wives who set up soup kitchens, raised funds and stood on picket lines in support of the strike. 1981. Written for the Socialist in 2004 for the 20th anniversary of the strike, Sue Alberry from Clowne, a North Derbyshire village which had half a dozen local pits, explains how the local Women's Action Group supported the strike. Most of the strikers were men, but a few women – cooks, cleaners, and office workers – went on strike too. The Empire Zinc Company owned a company town and zinc mines in Silver City, New Mexico, a part of Grant County. The …
Portelli Portelli, Alessandro. Episode about the crucial role played by women in the great miners strike in Britain, 1984-5, in conversation with Heather Wood, chair of the Easington women’s strike support group. The 1984/5 Miners’ Strike pitted the National Union of Mineworkers against Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government in a struggle for the future of Britain. In particular, how the role of the women in the strike clarified for me a lot of the complexities which have always haunted my attempts to marry gender politics with class politics But first I think it’s necessary to provide a little background about the strike itself. Bruley, Women and Men, 8. Episode about the crucial role played by women in the great miners strike in Britain, 1984-5, in conversation with Heather Wood, chair of the Easington women’s strike support group. The role of women has remained mostly in the background … until now. This article was originally posted on the LSE History blog. Our patreon supporters enable us to make this podcast. Women in the Miners' Strike, 1984-5 This two-year project, which will run from 2018-2020, is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and aims to examine the experiences of women … The role of women has remained mostly in the background … until now. Proud to have been part of it. THIRTY years on from the miners’ strike, a new play gives a rare and powerful insight into the role played by women during the year-long struggle. Women and the miners' strike – a fresh look at our history Recent research projects seek to re-examine the role of women during the 1984-5 miners’ strike by focusing on fact rather than prevailing formulaic imagery created by the media at the time.

Introduction 1.1 A popular reading of women’s participation in the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike suggests that this was a singular moment of working class female activism. 13. In celebration of Women’s History Month 2015, Archivist Archivist Kate Higgins uses the Women’s Library@LSE archive to look back at women’s response to the … The miners' strike changed women's lives. 12. Summary Miners campaign tape number one. change. Keeping the peace was subordinated to the paramilitary role of forcing a way through for those breaking the strike – even in South Wales, where the walkout was most solid. The brave women who battled to keep Britain's coal mines open.