The Feminist Webs archive1, housed now at the People’s History Museum in Manchester, and partially digitised, tells the history of ‘girls work’ in the UK. Girls work was a youth work moment in the 1970s and 1980s that focused on girls, their rights and their potential. Feminist youth workers across the country were determined to address the conditions of young women’s lives, the politics of everyday life and relationships and a politics of social action. A group of volunteers has begun a collaborative project – Generations of Activism – 1918 – 1978 – 2018 – to celebrate 100 years of women’s enfranchisement, feminist youth work and current feminist activism. The project has a Facebook page here.
Generations of Activism will launch on 23rd March 2018, 10am-4.30pm with a free event at the People’s History Museum. The event will focus on some themes from 1970s girls work: Our bodies, ourselves; Violence against women; Creativity and culture; and Women and work. Throughout the day there will be talks, inter-generational conversations and a chance to reflect on activism then and now, and to browse the archive. There will be silkscreen and banner-making workshops and connected creative and adventurous activities held in and around the museum.
To find out more and reserve a place, please go to Eventbrite.
The next phase of Generations of Activism will happen in the lead up to the International Day of the Girl Child (11th October). We will be making up boxes or archive materials to take to schools, youth groups and student groups to stimulate cross-generational conversations about feminism. To get involved in designing or delivering the workshops, to suggest groups or institutions to work with, please contact Janet Batsleer: J.Batsleer@mmu.ac.uk.
1The archive is a resource for practitioners, volunteers and young women involved in youth and community work with young women. Feminist Webs encourages participation and focuses on women’s rights and experiences. We pride ourselves on working across the generations in everything that we do. We involve people from many communities in our work, including people of all ethnicities, sexualities, classes and faiths; young people, academics, practitioners and anyone who wants to see a better world for women.