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Women in World War One

Protests, strikes and equality Jane James and Jim Horton, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales)  World War One resulted in the horrific slaughter of millions of workers who were initially encouraged and then conscripted into the bloody horrors of trench warfare. Women too were cajoled to do their bit for ’the war to end all wars’ by replacing the men sent to the front in factories and workplaces across Britain. But in this anniversary year there is likely to be scant attention given to the militant struggles of working class women during those four …

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History: “We want bread, but we want roses too!”

By Diana O’Dwyer The 1912 strike in the textile mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts, known as the Bread and Roses strike, was one of the most important industrial struggles of the 20th century. Conditions in the huge industrial sweatshops and surrounding tenements were so horrific that one in three workers died of malnutrition or disease before the age of 25. Child labour was also a normal part of the capitalist labour process, with children toiling alongside their mothers in workplaces largely made up of young female migrants from more than fifty countries. Yet amidst all this …

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