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Unemployed Women's Union (1980 - 1981)

From
1980
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
To
1981
Adelaide , South Australia, Australia
Occupations
Feminist organisation and Social action organisation

Summary

The Unemployed Women's Union was a response to the economic downturn of 1980. The members wanted to debunk the myth of married women who were working as the cause of unemployment, to defend the right for all women to work, and to act as a support group for unemployed women. They picketed employers, published a newsletter, spoke at rallies, wrote letters to newspapers and politicians, and applied for jobs en masse.

Details

The Unemployed Women's Union was a response to the economic downturn of 1980. They wanted to debunk the myth of married women working as the cause of unemployment, defend the right for all women to work, and as a support group for unemployed women. The picketed employers laying off women and published a newsletter called 'Fury'. They provided speakers at rallies, wrote letters to newspapers and politicians, and applied for jobs en masse. They formed the Unemployed Women's Union Support Group. The union liased with the Working Women's Centre on issues of discrimination, unfair dismal. Unemployed Women's Union produced stickers, badges, pamphlets and made a banner for marches. They participated in the Beef March of 1980.  This was a reference to a famous march of unemployed in Adelaide during the Great Depression. Some of the women involved included Silver Moon, Betty Fisher, Jillinda Thompson, Anne Farrer, Chris Wijesinha, Lyz Holdsworth, Claire Groves, Evelyn Dent and Dale Bacon.

Sources used to compile this entry: Unemployed Women's Union, 1980 - 1981; State Library of South Australia.

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Archival resources

State Library of South Australia

  • Adelaide Women's Liberation Movement Archive, 1984 - 1 March 2009; Adelaide Women's Liberation Movement Archive (1984 - 2009); State Library of South Australia. Details
  • Unemployed Women's Union, 1980 - 1981; State Library of South Australia. Details

Kathleen Bambridge

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