The 2015 GMB Congress in Dublin inaugurated an annual Eleanor Marx day in January to celebrate the birthday of the co-founder of our union 161 years ago on 16th January 1855 in London.
When she was aged 34 in 1889 she played a huge role with Will Thorne in setting up our union for unskilled and semi- skilled workers in East London which won the eight hour day. The union spread like wildfire across Britain and Ireland. 126 years later it has 639,000 members of which 50% are women.
To celebrate the first Eleanor Marx day we are hosting an evening with her biographer Rachel Holmes. We will also be hearing from the author of Striking a Light (The History of the Match Women's strike) Louise Raw as well as stories from present day struggles with GMB activists currently taking on their employer to fight for fair pay.
The event will start at 7pm on Thursday 14th January in the GMB's Euston Office, 22 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD.
You are invited to a celebration of radical working women and to be inspired by hearing what Eleanor Marx achieved. There will be from our speakers followed by a short discussion. There will time to socialise with a buffet and drinks.
The event is free but priority will be given to GMB members and women, although the event is open to all.
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