Researching Social Life students visit the TUC Library

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Students on the Researching Social Life course, holding the Government report into the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike (left) and the “Dictionary of Employments Open to Women”, 1898.

This week students from the Researching Social Life module at London Met University have been using the TUC Library to complete their coursework assignments.

Ragiatu Turay (above, left) was researching the significance of the 1968 strike by women at the Ford Dagenham factory and its impact on the struggle for equal pay. The library contains a large collection on the subject, including the official Government report into the dispute. You can find more information on the topic on our website Winning Equal Pay: the Value of Women’s Work.

Mary Lewis (above, right) chose to research the entry of women into the labour market in the First and Second World Wars. Whilst conducting her research, she found a booklet called the “Dictionary of Employments Open to Women”, produced by the Women’s Institute in 1898. Some pages of the dictionary had already been selected for inclusion on our history website The Union Makes Us Strong. You can see some pages from the dictionary here and here.

If you would like to find out more about the TUC Library and what it contains, get in touch.

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