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NELH Tuesday Meeting: Dr Cathy Hunt will talk about ‘Righting the Wrong: the life and work of Mary Macarthur, 1880-1921’
26 October 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:30
Mary Macarthur, trade unionist and socialist, died 100 years ago in 1921. In this talk, her biographer, Dr Cathy Hunt, looks at the fascinating life and work of this pioneering leader, who founded the National Federation of Women Workers, which improved working conditions for thousands of some of the worst paid women in Britain. Cathy will draw attention to the struggles and barriers that faced women workers in the early 20th century whilst also highlighting their successes and strength in solidarity.
Interwoven with this is the absorbing life story of Mary Macarthur, on her journey from girlhood in Scotland to London activist and national leader, through to her tragically early death aged just 40.
Cathy Hunt is an independent community historian and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her research focuses on British labour and social history, with emphasis on women and work. Her publications includes a history of the National Federation of Women Workers, a biography of Mary Macarthur and a history of women’s lives in Coventry.
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