This publication is a rarity. Working-class women who fight for social justice seldom get an opportunity to tell their own story in their own voices. Social, trade union and labour history is sometimes interpreted by those far removed from the day-to-day lives and experience of those directly involved. The contributions of working class women remains unacknowledged … Continue reading “Anne & Betty United by the Struggle”, with Ian Clayton. Published by Route.
Anne Scargill and Betty Cook, Women Against Pit Closures at the Firkin Crane with Yorkshire Mother Jones banner. A number of people have asked if any video footage was available of Anne Scargill and Betty Cook of Women Against Pit Closures singing their anthem from the Miners Strike era - "The Women's Song". The song … Continue reading Anne Scargill & Betty Cook sing “The Women’s Song”
Shortly after they appeared at this year's Spirit of Mother Jones Festival in Cork, representatives of Yorkshire mining communities including Anne Scargill and Betty Cook of Women Against Pit Closures paid a courtesy visit to Liberty Hall, Dublin, national headquarters of the country's largest trade union, SIPTU. There they were received by SIPTU's General President … Continue reading WAPC Group who spoke at Festival visit SIPTU
The Cork Mother Jones Committee is privileged to welcome Betty Cook and Anne Scargill to Cork. Betty Cook was born in 1938 in Doncaster. Having trained as a nurse, Betty married and raised her family of three children and watched from home as the coal strikes of 1972 to 1974 took place. She was determined … Continue reading British Miners’ Strike to feature at Cork Mother Jones Festival