Jonathan Moss, “Women, workplace protest and political identity in England, 1968–85”

This book draws upon original research into women’s workplace protest to deliver a new account of working-class women’s political identity and participation in post-war England. Focusing on the voices and experiences of women who fought for equal pay, skill recognition and the right to work between 1968 and 1985, it explores why working-class women engaged in such action when they did, and it analyses the impact of workplace protest on women’s political identity. A combination of oral history and written sources are used to illuminate how everyday experiences of gender and class antagonism shaped working-class women’s political identity and participation. The book contributes a fresh understanding of the relationship between feminism, workplace activism and trade unionism during the years 1968-1985.




  1. Contextualising women’s workplace activism in post-war England
  2. The Ford Sewing-Machinists’ Strike, 1968, Dagenham
  3. The Trico-Folberth Equal Pay Strike, Brentford, 1976
  4. Sexton’s Shoe Factory Occupation and Fakenham Enterprises, Norfolk, 1972-77
  5. The Ford Sewing-Machinists’ Strike, Dagenham, 1984-85







Jonathan Moss is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sussex


Publisher: Manchester University Press

Pages: 208

Published Date: April 2019