Advancing gender equality: The role of women-only trade union education

Anne Marie Greene*, Gill Kirton

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The need to improve the level of membership and the number of women activists has been a central feature of overall 'renewal' strategies of many British trade unions. Within this, equality education has been a key part of policy-making. This research draws on detailed case studies of two trade unions and focuses on their women-only education courses. We suggest that a greater understanding of the contribution of different types of trade union education to the advance of equality is a key factor in the ability of unions to maintain a central role at workplace level, within the context of an increasingly diverse labour market.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-59
Number of pages21
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Education
  • Gender equality
  • Renewal strategies
  • Trade unions

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