Women's Work - a talk for International Women's Day (Lecture Hour)

Ref: C2344451

In 1908 around 15,000 working women marched in New York to demand shorter hours, better pay, and the right to vote, providing part of the inspiration for International Women's Day which was first celebrated two years later. To mark its anniversary in 2021 we will highlight some aspects of the world of working women in the UK from the 19th century. What sort of work - paid and unpaid - have they done, and how 'suitable' was this considered to be for women? What has changed over the years, and why? How successful have been their own attempts to improve their conditions of work - and what remains to be done?

Course aim

International Women's Day was first celebrated in 1910, inspired in part by a march of 15,000 women in New York in 1908 for better working conditions. We will highlight some of the main changes in women's work in the UK since the 19th century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain the origins and objectives of International Women's Day.
  • Identify some of the main changes in the nature of women's work in Britain since the 19th century.
  • Develop your skills of critical analysis of historical sources.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Women's Work - a talk for International Women's Day (Lecture Hour)


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