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.

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…


By Global Women's Strike | 6th March 2006

By Laura Sullivan, 9 January 20060 Comments3286 ReadsPrin Featured in Mute Vol 1, No. 29 – The Precarious Issue Venezuela’s ‘Bolivarian constitution’ contains a unique article (Article 88) recognising women’s unwaged work as economically productive. Wages For Housework (WFH) has been fighting for this recognition since 1972, and has participated in the annual Global Women’s Strike (GWS) since…

An antidote for apathy

By Global Women's Strike | 6th March 2004

Venezuela’s president has achieved a level of grassroots participation our politicians can only dream of Selma James Fri 13 Aug 2004 09.28 BSTFirst published on Fri 13 Aug 2004 09.28 BST Shares0Increasing numbers of people, especially the young, seem disconnected from an electoral process which, they feel, does not represent them. This is part of a general cynicism about…

Selma James and Melissa Benn in The Guardian

By Global Women's Strike | 21st February 2004

Gender Home truths for feminists How should the work women do as mothers be rewarded? Selma James and Melissa Benn argue about carers and careers Selma James and Melissa Benn Sat 21 Feb 2004 10.30 GMTFirst published on Sat 21 Feb 2004 10.30 GMT Hi Selma, You were probably as surprised as I was to see recent reports that Michael…

Selma James interviews her friend Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian writer and campaigner for women’s rights, by post in Third World Women’s News, 1986

By Global Women's Strike | 26th May 1986

Women, the Unions and Work or… What is Not to be Done and the Perspective of Women.

By Global Women's Strike | 26th February 1972

Video: People for Tomorrow Selma James Our Time is Coming

By Global Women's Strike | 18th May 1971

“Selma James, a socialist and feminist, uses her own experiences working in low-paid jobs and being a mother and housewife as a starting point in this investigation into whether women are exploited in all areas of society. Interviews with full-time housewives, and with females who work outside the home but still do almost all of…