1st Edition

Women in the Community

Edited By Marjorie Mayo Copyright 1977
    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1977, this lively collection of papers by women involved in community work and community action explores some of the links between the women’s movements and community action at the time, in terms both of the recent developments in women’s thinking and of their practical experience of involvement in community organizations and groups.

    The book opens with a theoretical chapter on women’s rights, discussing reasons for the particular involvement of women in a range of community issues such as the housing struggle and the role of women in campaigns for nursery and other pre-school provision, and relates these factors to the women’s movement in general. The contributors go on to consider the organization of women who enable other women to go to work, including a case study of experience of Battered Wives’ Centres, a study of Women’s Aid Centres, a discussion of the Working Women’s Charter and the National Abortion Campaign, chapters by members of groups of single-parent families – Mothers in Action and Gingerbread – and a chapter on working with women in community groups, from the perspective of the community worker.

    Many issues are still relevant now, today it can be read in its historical context.

    Introduction Marjorie Mayo  1. Women in the Community Elizabeth Wilson  2. The Working Women’s Charter Campaign Elizabeth Lawrence  3. A Local Abortion Campaign Two Women from the Islington Group of the National Abortion Campaign  4. A Lesson in Day Care Valerie Charlton  5. A Case Study of Child-Minders in the London Borough of Camden Elizabeth Urben  6. The Housing Struggles of Two Women Jan O’Malley  7. When Women Get Involved in Community Action Cynthia Cockburn  8. Mothers in Action, 1967-75 Shirley Frost  9. Gingerbread: A – The Challenge of Self-Help Janet Hadley, B – Interview with a Founder Member of a Local Group Anne Harris  10. Community Action, Women’s Aid and the Women’s Liberation Movement Jalna Hanmer  11. Battered Women: Some Perspectives and Problems Angela Weir  12. Women and Community Work Ann Gallagher.


    Marjorie Mayo is Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London where her research has included a focus upon adult community education, women in communities and learning for active citizenship.