Second Wave Feminism | The campaign for women's rights in the 1970s

People for Tomorrow | Selma James: Our Time Is Coming

Will women's work always be underpaid and under-appreciated?

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 21 January 1971

DURATION | 30 minutes

FIRSTBROADCAST

1971

Synopsis

Selma James, a socialist and feminist, uses her own experiences working in low-paid jobs and being a mother and housewife as a starting point in this investigation into whether women are exploited in all areas of society. Interviews with full-time housewives, and with females who work outside the home but still do almost all of the household chores, reveal the true extent of women's work. James goes on to ask whether equal pay outside the home and a real division of housework between men and women will ever become a reality.

Did you know?

In 1972, a year after this programme was broadcast, a key work by Selma James, 'Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community', was published. In this, she expands on the ideas put forward in the programme and argues that the entire labour market is built upon the unpaid work of women. Also in 1972, James set up the International Wages for Housework Campaign, which argues that running the home should be recognised as work in official statistics and that people doing this labour should be paid a wage by the government.

Contributors

Selma James
Reporter
Michael Rabiger
Director
Producer

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