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Gender Equalities at Work is delighted to co-host this event, launching Dr Frances C. Galt's book - Women's Activism Behind the Screens

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Gender Equalities at Work are delighted to be co-hosting an event with the Women’s Film and Television History Network, discussing the work behind Dr Frances C. Galt’s book, Women’s Activism Behind the Screens: Trade Unions and Gender Inequality in the British Film and Television Industries, as well as historical and prevailing issues for gender equality policies in the industries.

The book launch will be chaired by Dr Shelley Cobb, Associate Professor of Film at the University of Southampton, and will feature a panel discussion and Q&A with Dr Galt and Sarah Boston, award-winning documentary maker and author of Women Workers and the Trade Unions.

About 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.

Please note this Zoom event will be recorded.

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Dr Frances C. Galt is a Research Fellow on Gender Equalities at Work at UWE Bristol and specialises in feminist labour history in twentieth-century Britain. Her PhD examined the relationship between women workers and trade unions in the British film and television industries, 1933-2017. She is author of Women’s Activism Behind the Screens: Trade Unions and Gender Equality in the British Film and Television Industries (Bristol University Press 2020), and her work also appears in Alphaville and Feminist Media Histories. She has previously taught History at the University of Sheffield and Newcastle University, and Media Studies at De Montfort University.

Dr Shelley Cobb (chair) is Principal Investigator of Calling the Shots: Women and Contemporary Film Culture in the UK and Associate Professor of Film at the University of Southampton. She is the author of Adaptation, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers (Palgrave 2015) and co-editor of First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship and Cultural Politics (Bloomsbury 2015). She has recently published research on gender, diversity and data in the film industry and is currently writing about the role of celebrities in media discourses about equality and diversity.

Sarah Boston has been an active trade union member in the British film and television industries from 1967. She played a central role in the establishment of the Association of Cinematograph, Television and Allied Technicians’ Committee on Equality in 1973 and their investigation into workplace gender discrimination, which produced the Patterns of Discrimination Against Women in the Film and Television Industries report (1975). Boston is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and has produced a series of films on the fight for equal pay for the Trades Union Congress (2006). She is the author of Women Workers and the Trade Unions (Lawrence & Wishart, third edition, 2015).

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Gender Equalities at Work: an Interdisciplinary History of 50 Years of Legislation

Gender Equalities at Work is an interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from the University of Edinburgh, University College London, and The University of the West of England. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project will produce the first comprehensive history of the creation, trajectories, legacies and lived experiences of the Equal Pay Act 1970, and Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (now integrated for GB in the Equality Act 2010) across the four nations of the UK. https://www.genderequalitiesat50.ed.ac.uk

Women's Film and Television History Network

The Women’s Film and Television History Network is a group of researchers, teachers, archivists, collections managers, students, professionals, and enthusiasts engaged in exploring the contributions women have made to the emergence and development of film and television. They have come together to form the network as a means of encouraging, supporting and disseminating research into women’s participation in screen media, and exploring their wide ranging roles. https://womensfilmandtelevisionhistory.wordpress.com

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