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Women’s Activism Behind the Screens

Trade Unions and Gender Inequality in the British Film and Television Industries

By Frances Galt

Published

27 Nov 2020

Page count

250 pages

ISBN

978-1529206296

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

27 Nov 2020

Page count

250 pages

ISBN

978-1529206319

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

27 Nov 2020

Page count

250 pages

ISBN

978-1529206319

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Women’s Activism Behind the Screens

Frances C. Galt explores the role of trade unions and women’s activism in the British film and television industries in this important contribution to debates around gender inequality.

The book traces the influence of the union for technicians and other behind-the-camera workers and examines the relationship between gender and class in the labour movement. Drawing on previously unseen archival material and oral history interviews with activists, it casts new light on women’s experiences of union participation and feminism over nine decades. As concerns about the gender pay gap, women’s rights and harassment continue, it assesses historical progress and points the way to further change in film and TV.

“Galt’s wonderfully original and thoroughly researched book makes a vital contribution to women’s history, expanding our understanding of women’s experience and gender equality struggles in the film and TV industries.” Arthur McIvor, University of Strathclyde

“The issues addressed in this well-researched and beautifully written book are important and topical: gender inequality in film and tv and how to fight it. The history traced here is both sobering and inspiring.” Penny Summerfield, University of Manchester

“A clear call for renewed attention on unions and women union activists’ role in the contemporary fight for gender equality, this book is vital, not only for historians, but for all of us who fight for change now.” Shelley Cobb, University of Southampton

“Exhaustively researched and persuasively argued, Galt’s study offers important new perspectives on patterns of gender discrimination both in the film and television industries and in the organised labour movement.” Sean P. Holmes, Brunel University London

Frances C. Galt completed her PhD on women and trade unions in the British film and television industries at De Montfort University in 2018. She has taught at Sheffield and De Montfort Universities and is currently a Teaching Associate at Newcastle University.

Introduction

Women and the ACT, 1933-59

Catalysts for Change, 1960-75

Regrettably 'Up-to-Date' 1975-81

Remarkable political gains? The 1980s

Women and BECTU, 1991-2017

Conclusion