Women and the Workers' Educational Association (WEA)

Scope and Content

Papers relating to courses for women run by, or in conjunction with, various WEA branches. The earliest are from the newly formed Kentish Town Women's Workshop, 'a community project set up by three local women', whose flyers advertise a six week course on 'Jane Eyre' and 'Wide Sargasso Sea', a series of six weekly discussions on subjects affecting women's lives ('Women & the Family', 'Women's Health', 'Women's Rights & the Law', 'Women & Work', 'Images of women in the Media'), and a course on 'Women Through Men's Eyes', all tutored by Judith Condon. There is also a flyer for a ten-week course at the Brighton Branch of the WEA, entitled 'The Peace Movement Has a History', led by Penny Shimmin (c.1984), for a pack produced by the WEA and the Scottish Adult Basic Education Unit, and various documents relating to events organised by the London District of the WEA. These last include a flyer for a conference on 'Women and the Law', 11 Mar 1978; papers relating to a 'Women's Studies' conference, 9 Jun 1979; a report on a further women's studies conference entitled 'Women's Studies and Feminism', 7 May 1988.

Also included in the file: 'Women and Health Booklet', produced by the Trade Union and Basic Education Project of the WEA c.1985 ; flyers for resource packs produced by the National Extension College/WEA Berks Bucks and Oxon District; a flyer for the 'Why Be A Wife' campaign (c. 1980s, undated).