Global Women's Strike UK


Global Women’s Strike is an international multiracial network campaigning for recognition and payment for all caring work for people and planet - a Care Income. It is co-ordinated by the International Wages for Housework Campaign launched by Selma James in 1972.

Woman’s Hour: Swedish Mothers Refusing to Work a Double Day

By Global Women's Strike | 12th November 2015 Woman’s Hour this week had a section dedicated to Swedish mothers who are refusing to work the double day in work and at home. These women are staying at home and living off sick pay in order to take care of their children and to get a little respite from the mental exhaustion that 70,000 women…

The Struggle to Care in the Face of Cuts

By Global Women's Strike | 12th November 2015

From 2,000 caring institutions – hospitals, schools, social services, housing, have been encroached upon by an expanding police force. Becka Seglow Hudson writes on the replacement of care with neglect, violence, and discipline in the Camden New Journal

Global Women Strike in Red Pepper

By Global Women's Strike | 12th November 2015

“The campaign for a living wage has taken off internationally led by cleaners, McDonald’s employees, caretakers, hospital and other workers. But will mothers and other carers be included or will we continue to be treated as ‘workless’ scroungers?”

Do We Value Women’s Work?

By Global Women's Strike | 12th November 2015

“While the 1% more than doubled their income in the last 10 years and the arms trade has risen by 22%, 1 billion children worldwide live in poverty, 3.7m in the UK and 176,565 surviving on food banks.” The Global Women Strike discuss the deepening sexism of austerity and the market. Do we value women’s work?

Why Don’t We Just Pay a Living Wage to Mothers and Carers?

By Global Women's Strike | 12th November 2015

‘Since Tony Blair called single mothers “workless” we have been treated as worthless, and our benefits have been cut – first one parent benefit, then universal child benefit and income support, the only benefits that recognised mothers were entitled to money from the state while raising their children’ –Nina Lopez Nina Lopez of the Global Women’s…

What we can learn from Tanzania’s hidden socialist history

By Global Women's Strike | 11th December 2014

Selma JamesAfter independence President Julius Nyerere applied welfare state principles to his own country and never lost sight of African traditions Thu 11 Dec 2014 10.29 GMTLast modified on Sat 12 Jan 2019 17.59  As we celebrate the 53rd anniversary of Tanzania’s independence this week and the publication of its hidden socialist history written by Ralph Ibbott, we…

QED: Chelsea Manning Joins the Army – Of Whistleblowers

By Global Women's Strike | 6th January 2014

Selma James, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, 2014 Considering the enormity of the truths which Chelsea Manning made accessible to us, it was somewhat disappointing how modest were the demonstrations in her support, in Europe as well as in the United States, though millions more were sympathetic who stayed at home.  This was the case…

Hugo Chávez knew that his revolution depended on women

By Global Women's Strike | 6th March 2013

And he wasn’t the only one. Presidents of Tanzania and Haiti have both benefited from making women central to progress Selma James and Nina López Fri 8 Mar 2013 19.15 GMTFirst published on Fri 8 Mar 2013 19.15 GMT The funeral of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela took place on International Women’s Day – a fitting day of departure for “the president of…

A life in writing: Selma James in The Guardian

By Global Women's Strike | 8th June 2012

Books A life in … A life in writing: Selma James ‘By demanding payment for housework we attack what is terrible about caring in our capitalist society’ Becky Gardiner Fri 8 Jun 2012 22.45 BSTFirst published on Fri 8 Jun 2012 22.45 BST  Selma James describes the frustrations of women’s lives. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe for the Guardian The last time…

Viewpoint Magazine: Care Work and the Power of Women: An Interview with Selma James

By Global Women's Strike | 19th March 2012

Julie McIntyre March 19, 2012PDF In their 1972 pamphlet The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, Selma James and Mariarosa Dalla Costa presented an original and influential analysis of “unwaged work.” This concept, which identified the care work that women do in the home as an essential element of the reproduction of capitalism, opened…