women

Sit-down strikes by women in 1937 - Ivan Greenberg

Cigar makers on sitdown strike, Detroit 1937

A short account of women workers' participation in the sit down strike wave which swept the US in 1937.

1937 cigar industry strike

Mary Zuk addresses sit down strikers, 1937

A history of the sit down strikes by predominantly Polish women workers in Detroit during the great depression: part of a national wave of sit-ins.

Immigrant women beat cigar company bosses - Martha Grevatt

Striking cigar workers march, 1937

A short history of the wave of sitdown strikes by predominantly Polish women cigar makers in Detroit in 1937.

The Detroit Woolworth's sitdown strike, 1937 - Marc Norton

Detroit Woolworth's sitdown strikers

A short history of the sit-in strike of women workers at Woolworth's in Detroit, which shook the nation and helped galvanise a militant working class movement which won big gains in pay and conditions.

More than a seat on the bus - Danielle McGuire

Women in the Montgomery bus Boycott

Excellent account of the Montgomery bus boycott, a key moment in the civil rights movement. In particular it demolishes the popular myth narrative of the events, and points out the importance of women's resistance to sexual violence to the boycott. Trigger warning for mention of sexual violence.

Letter on the IWW Domestic Workers Union, 1917 - Jane Street

Women members of the IWW lead a march in Manhattan

Fascinating letter from the secretary of the domestic workers' section of the Industrial Workers of the World union in Denver, 1917 about their activities and the sexism they faced from other union members. The letter was illegally seized by the government and only discovered nearly 60 years later.

Comments on Inventing the Future

A cat rides a vacuum cleaner robot

Some members of Out of the Woods have written responses to a new book, Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams.

Truth, Sojourner, c1797-1883 - Mary G. Butler

Sojourner Truth circa 1870

A short biography of former slave, abolitionist, passionate advocate for the dispossessed and perhaps the most famous African-American woman in the 19th-century United States.

Why reclaim the night?

Reclaim the night march, Brighton 2013

An introduction to and short history of the Reclaim the Night demonstrations against sexual violence against women. (Trigger warning: contains mention of violence and sexual violence against women)

Goldsmith, Marie: her life and thought

Marie Goldsmith

Article about Marie Goldsmith/Isidine/Korn that teases out her influence on Peter Kropotkin's ideas, as well as looking at her scientific career and her anarchism.