It’s a short post today: I’m going to see Belle and Sebastian at the Welsh Millennium Centre tonight – fab to have a date with my wife in the midst of this more tiresome business. So I’m fitting this in between comms work, a shower and shave, and feeding the bairns.
Fortunately, the message I wanted to share is simple. Today is International Women’s Day, and there have been some clever analyses of both the pension issue and the precarity issue from a women-focused lens. It was great, then, to have strong women speaking at our Cardiff UCU rally today.
It’s #IWD so it’s worth thinking about the ways our trade unionism and other activitism can be deeply gendered. THREAD 👇
— Melanie Simms (@SimmsMelanie) 8 March 2018
We had female politicians, female academics, and female union organisers address us with strong messages. The men who spoke also highlighted the courageous example of women who have fought in the past and present for justice.
All of this was great, and right. It was also not exceptional, and that is what gives me cheer.
We’ve had strong voices from women all through our pickets and rallies. They have been outspoken and outstanding on committees, on leadership, as picket supervisors, and as the stalwarts who just turn up, hoist a placard, and hand out leaflets.
I would not make a blithe “post-feminist” argument. There is so much work still to be done. I’m just glad that women are here and are doing that work, and I will stand beside them throughout and argue for fairness.