Women & Gender Studies Institute

‘Sex, Race and Class: The New Terms of Unity’ By Selma James, Global Women’s Strike Coordinator

Date: Monday, November 26, 2012

A Conversation with Selma James
Time: 12-2pm
Speaker:  Selma James
Location: Peace Lounge, OISE/University of Toronto, 7th floor, 252 Bloor Street West

Book Launch and Public Lecture
‘Sex, Race and Class: The New Terms of Unity’

Time: 7pm
Speaker:  Selma James
Location: George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College, 15 Devonshire Place
(closest subway is St. George. Devonshire Place is located between Bedford and St. George, half a block South of Bloor)

For a map to the Geroge Ignetieff Theatre, please click here

Selma James is an anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist campaigner and author. Raised in a movement household, she joined CLR James’s Johnson-Forest Tendency at age 15, and from 1958 to 1962 she worked with him in the movement for Caribbean federation and independence.  In 1972, she founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and in 2000 she helped launch the Global Women’s Strike which she coordinates.  She coined the word “unwaged” to describe most of the caring work women do, and it has since entered the English language to describe all the work without wages of women, children and men, in the home, on the land, in the community.

In 1975 she became the first spokeswoman of the English Collective of Prostitutes.  She is a founding member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (2008).  She has addressed the power relations within the working class movement, and organizing across sectors despite divisions of sex, race, age, etc., South and North. She spoke to packed audiences at Occupy in London, England, as well as Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, and SF.

This event is co-sponsored by: Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto; Centre for Feminist Research, York University; CUPE 3902, University of Toronto; Equity Studies, New College, University of Toronto; Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE/University of Toronto; CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University

Free and open to the Public. Wheelchair Accessible.