Event location: WCML
Date: 5th Mar 2016
Event time: 14:00 to 16:00
Remembering Mary Barbour - social reformer, rent strike leader, women's peace crusader and pioneering woman councillor
A talk by Catriona Burness
Mary Barbour worked tirelessly to change laws to help families in poverty. Her capacity to mobilise working class families, especially women, to challenge the power of landlords and the state during the 1915 Govan rent strike led to the passing of one of Europe’s first rent restriction acts. She also fought for free school milk, children’s playgrounds, municipal wash-houses, and an end to slum housing.
We will also hear from Karen Bosson, North West Regional Women’s Secretary of the Communication Workers' Union and member of the TUC NW Women's Committee, on current women trade unionists' campaigns in our region.
Admission free, light refreshments available.
This event is part of Wonder Women, Manchester’s annual feminist festival. From 3-13 March 2016, we celebrate the women’s movement born in our city through film, art, music, walking tours, gallery takeovers, comedy and debate, asking how far we’ve come in 100 years – and how far we have yet to go. Visit creativetourist.com/wonderwomen for more information.