Next Friday 6 July would usually be our London discussion group. But there is also a Save The Women’s Library campaign meeting. Because we think this is important Women’s Fightback is moving the July discussion group to Friday 13 July (more details and here).
London Met University announced plans to sell off the Women’s Library. If a new home is not found by December 2012 the University will run the library as a skeleton service, opening only one day a week. Women in education and other feminists know what an incredible resource this Library is for activists, students and researchers alike. It holds one of the most important collections in the world, charting the history of women’s struggles past and present.
The Women’s Library fought for many years to have its own building, which provides an important centre for feminists to research, meet each other, and encounter new ideas. Library staff (with their special knowledge of the collections) play a crucial role in helping feminist researchers, curating exhibitions and collecting contemporary feminist zines and campaign material.
In deciding to sell this collection off, the Vice Chancellor of London Met is showing what little respect he has for women’s history and heritage. He is continuing his and the rest of management’s policy of reducing humanities courses at London Met (last year over 70 courses were closed including history and Caribbean Studies).
We will be going to the Women’s Library meeting so see you there – and the week after on Friday 13 July at Women’s Fightback London discussion group to discuss a socialist feminist perspective on sex work and the targetting and harassment facing sex workers in London this summer due to the Olympics – 7.30pm @ Royal Festival Hall.