On October 24th my biography of the brilliant trade union leader, Mary Macarthur, will be published by History West Midlands.

Book cover

It has been a privilege to research and write this first full length account of Macarthur’s life since that published by Mary Hamilton in 1925. I would like to introduce the coming soon book by including here a blog that I wrote recently for Women’s History Network 

Watch this space for details of launch events and a History West Midlands podcast Podcast photo

as I get set to share the story of this extraordinary woman, described by one contemporary as ‘a wholehearted fighter for economic and political justice’ and another as as ‘one of the pioneer women of the movement who has done more than any other woman I know of for the emancipation of her sex’.

Born 13th August 1880.

Died 1 January 1921.

Corruganza TUC

Here is one of my favourite photographs of Mary Macarthur standing on the plinth of Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square on a wet August day in 1908 during the strike of women box makers at the Corruganza Factory, Earlsfield. Image courtesy of TUC Library

You can pre-order the book here from History West Midlands and note that the pre-order offer is now extended until 4th October.

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