100 years of women-led activism

Esther Freeman

Historically, working class migrant areas have been hotbeds of social activism. However, women’s involvement in these movements is poorly documented or missing entirely.

Women from ethnic minorities are particularly sidelined. The small amount of women’s history that is accessible is focused on a tiny number of white, middle-class women. As a result, minority communities can feel like the heritage isn’t relevant to them.

The Women activists of East London project is developing a walking tour app. It explores the history of women-led activism in the East London boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. It focuses on the themes of:

  • gender violence
  • the labour movement, and
  • social unrest/civil disobedience

across two recent historical periods: the early 1900s and the 1960s-80s.