Tuesday 26th May
Selma James, Co-Founder of the International Wages for Housework Campaign, Maggie O’Carroll, CEO of The Women’s Organisation, Katrine Marcal Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner and Caroline Criado-Perez Do it like a Woman, campaigner to Keep Women on British Bank Notes, discuss how the economy would be shaped if women ruled the world.
Selma James was born in Brooklyn, New York City and is founder of the International Wages for Housework Campaign and author of The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, and Sex, Race, and Class – the Perspective of Winning. In 1952 she wrote the classic A Woman’s Place, first published as a column in Correspondence, a bi-weekly newspaper written and edited by its readers with an audience of mainly working-class people. Unusually at the time, the newspaper had pages dedicated to giving women, young people and Black people an autonomous voice. James was a regular columnist and edited the Women's Page. In 1955 she came to Britain to marry C.L.R James, who had been deported from the United States during the McCarthy Period. They were together for 25 years and were close political colleagues. From 1958 to 1962 James lived in Trinidad where, with C. L. R. James, she was active in the movement for West Indian independence and federation. Returning to Britain after independence, she became the first organising secretary of the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination in 1965, and a founding member of the Black Regional Action Movement and editor of its journal in 1969. Selma has also written the introduction to Ujamaa – The hidden story of Tanzania's socialist villages, by Ralph Ibbott. Selma will also be speaking on behalf for one of the founding campaigners of Wages for Housework campaign, Eleanor Rathbone.
Joining her is Maggie O’Carroll who started The Women’s Organisation in 1996 to promote female enterprise policy and practice having identified it as a huge untapped entrepreneurial market for the UK. She has led the businesses development as an award winning social enterprise and it is now the largest and most successful dedicated Women’s Business Support Charity and Social Business in the UK. She is responsible for the overall strategic development of the business and has recently led the creation of a £5.3m International Centre for Women’s Enterprise Development in Liverpool. Maggie is actively involved in female economic development policy influencing on an international, national and regional basis and is Chair of the UK Women’s Enterprise Policy Group and a member of the Women’s Budget Group. She is a Business graduate with a Masters in Community Enterprise from the Judge Business School, Cambridge University. Maggie has lectured on a part time at Liverpool University Management School on Entrepreneurship and Liverpool John Moores University, on Measuring Social Impact within their Masters in Social and Community Enterprise programmes. She is an Entrepreneurial Scholar in residence at Simmon's Collage, Boston, USA. She is also currently chairperson of Vivark Ltd, a local social enterprise with over 250 employees a multimillion turnover and a group board member of First Ark, a registered social housing provider with over 13,000 properties in Knowsley. She is a regular contributor to conferences in the UK, and abroad, on issues relating to women's education, employment, entrepreneurship and social enterprise.
Next up is Swedish-born, Katrine Marcal who is a vocal commentator on the new economic movement called ‘virtuous banking’ and the lead editorial writer for the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, where she writes articles on international politics, economics and feminism. Her latest book, Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? which was shortlisted for the August Prize and won the Lagercrantzen Award, charts the myth of ‘economic man’ – from its origins at Adam Smith’s dinner table to its adaptation by the Chicago School and finally its detrimental role in the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Katrine Marcal tackles the biggest myth of our time and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all.
And last, but certainly not least is British Journalist (The Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Independent and the New Statesman), feminist activist and Brazillian-born, Caroline Criado-Perez . In 2013, she won the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year Award and was named one of the Guardian’s People of the Year. She has been involved in campaigns for women to gain better representation in the British media and to be depicted on banknotes. Her efforts in part led to a decision by the Bank of England to review the selection process for future banknotes. Since this decision, the Bank of England announced in July 2013 that the image of Jane Austin will appear on the £10 note by around 2017. Caroline will be discussing her latest book, Do It Like A Woman in which Caroline introduces us to some of the world’s most pioneering women to date.
7pm. The Women's Organisation. 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB
£6/£3. Pay On Door
In Partnership with The Women's Organisation