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Welcome to Rebel Women, a podcast about the history of troublemakers in East London. This corner of Britain's capital has seen multiple waves of migration, poverty and persecution. Sometimes feared, always looked down upon, the residents have struggled.
But out of these struggles rose up some of history's greatest radicals leaders - leaders of movements that have changed both the local landscape, and wider society too. Many of them were women. And most you will have never heard about, despite their huge achievements.
Esther Freeman has spent five years poking around in archives and conducting oral history interviews, pulling together a collection of East London's hidden histories. These women shaped our society, they fought on when nobody thought they could win. There is so much we can achieve by honouring their memories and learning their lessons.
Our first series features nine stories. We will introduce you to lesbian suffragettes; the socialist socialite Daisy Greville; and the Dagenham Ford Machinists, a group of working class women who ushered in the 1970 Equal Pay Act.
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Rebel Women Esther Freeman

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Welcome to Rebel Women, a podcast about the history of troublemakers in East London. This corner of Britain's capital has seen multiple waves of migration, poverty and persecution. Sometimes feared, always looked down upon, the residents have struggled.
But out of these struggles rose up some of history's greatest radicals leaders - leaders of movements that have changed both the local landscape, and wider society too. Many of them were women. And most you will have never heard about, despite their huge achievements.
Esther Freeman has spent five years poking around in archives and conducting oral history interviews, pulling together a collection of East London's hidden histories. These women shaped our society, they fought on when nobody thought they could win. There is so much we can achieve by honouring their memories and learning their lessons.
Our first series features nine stories. We will introduce you to lesbian suffragettes; the socialist socialite Daisy Greville; and the Dagenham Ford Machinists, a group of working class women who ushered in the 1970 Equal Pay Act.
Subscribe to our weekly podcast and discover more at eastlondonwomen.org.uk.

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    Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp Part 1

    Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp Part 1

    It was March 1982, and Ellen was about to go down to the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp for the first time, to protest at the RAF base storing US cruise missiles. Ellen describes it as a vigil of thousands, although news reports called it a blockade staged by 250 women, which resulted in 34 arrests. Whether or not the media and police deliberately downplayed what happened, it was a life changing moment for Ellen.
    Rebel Women is a podcast about history’s troublemakers. This episode begins a three part series about the Greenham Common Women’s peace camp. We will explore what went on in the camp, the questions it raised, and the impact it had on the women who were there and those who came after.
    For further stories about East London women visit our website eastlondonwomen.org.uk Or find us on Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, Instagram or Pinterest.
    Rebel Women is part of the Women Activists of East London project, which has been developed by Share UK, a non profit community group based in London.
    Special thanks to the William Morris Big Local for funding today’s episode.
    Main theme by Dano Songs. Incidental music by Purple Planet Music.
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    • 23 min
    Rebel Women for Kids: Groundbreaking Women

    Rebel Women for Kids: Groundbreaking Women

    This is Rebel Women for kids, a new podcast for … well kids. It's full of amazing stories of daring and adventure, and the best thing is that all these stories are completely true. And even though this is a podcast for you kids, we think your grown ups might quite enjoy it too.
    Not that long ago, women were expected the be maids or mothers and not much else. They didn’t always go to school, they weren’t allowed careers, and they were expected to do everything their husband said. A lot of women were very sad. Some got so sad they became sick. They knew things had to change. But who was brave enough to go first? This month we discover some those pioneering women.
    This podcast is designed to be used alongside our activity pack for 5-11 year olds, allowing them to explore history through play, imagination and creation. Sign up to receive a pack in the post at www.eastlondonwomen/learning/primary. By signing up for our postal packs you will receive free resources to help you in your tasks, but if you just can't wait you can download the activity sheet at www.eastlondonwomen/learning/primary.
    Rebel Women for kids has been produced by Share UK, as part of our Women Activists of East London project. When not making podcasts for kids, we make shows for adults. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss an episode. Thanks to the William Morris and St James Big Local for funding today's episode.
    For further stories about East London women, visit our website eastlondonwomen.org.uk. Or find us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or Pinterest. 
    Theme music by Purple Planet Music.

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    • 5 min
    Rebel Women For Kids: The Women Who Shaped the NHS

    Rebel Women For Kids: The Women Who Shaped the NHS

    This is Rebel Women for kids, a new podcast for … well kids. It's full of amazing stories of daring and adventure, and the best thing is that all these stories are completely true. And even though this is a podcast for you kids, we think your grown ups might quite enjoy it too.
    It’s easy to take the NHS for granted, but not that long ago it didn’t exist. If you got sick you had to pay to see a doctor. Many people could not afford that. Discover some of the pioneering women who helped shape the NHS, ensuring medical care for all.

    This podcast is designed to be used alongside our activity pack for 5-11 year olds, allowing them to explore history through play, imagination and creation. Sign up to receive a pack in the post at www.eastlondonwomen/learning/primary. By signing up for our postal packs you will receive free resources to help you in your tasks, but if you just can't wait you can download the activity sheet at www.eastlondonwomen/learning/primary.
    Rebel Women for kids has been produced by Share UK, as part of our Women Activists of East London project. When not making podcasts for kids, we make shows for adults. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss an episode. Thanks to the William Morris and St James Big Local for funding today's episode.
    For further stories about East London women, visit our website eastlondonwomen.org.uk. Or find us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or Pinterest. 
    Theme music by Purple Planet Music.

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    • 5 min
    Rebel Women for Kids: Victorian Schools

    Rebel Women for Kids: Victorian Schools

    This is Rebel Women for kids, a new podcast for … well kids. It's full of amazing stories of daring and adventure, and the best thing is that all these stories are completely true. And even though this is a podcast for you kids, we think your grown ups might quite enjoy it too.
    This podcast is designed to be used alongside our activity pack for 5-11 year olds, allowing them to explore history through play, imagination and creation. Sign up to receive a pack in the post at www.eastlondonwomen/learning/primary. By signing up for our postal packs you will receive free resources to help you in your tasks, but if you just can't wait you can download the activity sheet at www.eastlondonwomen/learning/primary.
    Rebel Women for kids has been produced by Share UK, as part of our Women Activists of East London project. When not making podcasts for kids, we make shows for adults. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss an episode. Thanks to the William Morris Big Local for funding today's episode.
    For further stories about East London women, visit our website eastlondonwomen.org.uk. Or find us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or Pinterest. 
    Theme music by Purple Planet Music.

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    • 5 min
    Rebel Women for Kids: The Suffragettes

    Rebel Women for Kids: The Suffragettes

    This is Rebel Women for kids, a new podcast for … well kids. It's full of amazing stories of daring and adventure, and the best thing is that all these stories are completely true. And even though this is a podcast for you kids, we think your grown ups might quite enjoy it too.
    This podcast is designed to be used alongside our activity pack for 5-11 year olds, allowing them to explore history through play, imagination and creation. Sign up to receive a pack in the post at www.eastlondonwomen/learning/primary. By signing up for our postal packs you will receive free resources to help you in your tasks, but if you just can't wait you can download the activity sheet at www.eastlondonwomen/learning/primary.
    Rebel Women for kids has been produced by Share UK, as part of our Women Activists of East London project. When not making podcasts for kids, we make shows for adults. Subscribe to make sure you don't miss an episode. Thanks to the William Morris Big Local for funding today's episode.
    For further stories about East London women, visit our website eastlondonwomen.org.uk. Or find us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or Pinterest. 
    Theme music by Purple Planet Music.

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    • 7 min
    The Battle for Equal Pay part 5: Dagenham Ford Machinists (1968 and beyond)

    The Battle for Equal Pay part 5: Dagenham Ford Machinists (1968 and beyond)

    Rebel Women is a podcast about history's troublemakers.
    This episode is the final instalment of our five-part series about the battle for equal pay; a journey that spans nearly 100 years, from the late 1880s to the 1970 Equal Pay Act.
    The 1960s was a decade unlike any other. Young people across the world were rising up - with opposition to the Vietnam War, the 1968–69 civil unrest in France, the US civil rights movement and Women's Liberation.
    But while Soho and Mayfair may have been swinging with style and revolution, out in the East London suburbs it was quite a different picture. In working class corners of the capital, post-war traditionalism ran alongside social and cultural change. While middle class women may have enjoyed new opportunities and freedoms, in places like Dagenham the options remained slim and wages low.
    The fight for equal pay may have been forgotten altogether if it hadn't been for a group of working class women at the Ford factory in Dagenham. Change was coming, but would it be enough?
    For show notes, reading lists and further stories about East London women, visit our website eastlondonwomen.org.uk. Or find us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or Pinterest. 
    Rebel Women is part of the Women Activists of East London project, which has been developed by Share UK, a non-profit community group based in London. 
    Special thanks to the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust for their support of today's episode.
     
    Main theme by DanoSongs. Incidental music by Purple Planet Music.
    Produced and edited by Steve Woodward at PodcastingEditor.com.
    Further reading and links
    Dagenham sewing machinists recall strike that changed women's lives (Simon Goodley, The Guardian, 6 June 2013)
    Protests in Paris, May 1968 – photographs then and now (Alicia Canter and Guy Lane, The Guardian, 2 May 2018)
    My part in the anti-war demo that changed protest for ever (Donald Macintyre, The Guardian, 11 March 2018)

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    • 16 min

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@ordinaryletters ,

Excellent!

I’m listening to your Equal Pay series and I’m so impressed. Not only are you a great story teller with a great voice, the production quality is exceptional as well. You have a new subscriber.

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