In 1910 the Women Chainmakers of Cradley Heath fought a successful 10-week dispute to establish the right to a minimum wage for their labour. Each year the Women Chainmakers Festival recognises and celebrates the role of women within the trade union movement and aims to reclaim the often forgotten contribution of women to Britain’s industrial heritage. The festival usually includes a banner procession, history tent, activities for children music and speakers. Check back nearer the time for details on the 2021 festival. 

Previous events: 2020 TUC Women Chainmakers festival

Forging New Links – building a better future for working women

The Midlands TUC Women Chainmakers' annual festival was online in 2020 due to Covid-19. The virtual event included

  • The famous Mary Macarthur 'Call to Arms' and 'Victory Speech'
  • Short chainmaking related films
  • 'Forging new links’ interactive panel discussion with Dana Mill, writer and activist, Eleanor Smith, ex- MP for Wolverhampton South West and long standing local activist, Zarah Sultana MP, Coventry South, Nicky Downes, Joint branch secretary Coventry NEU. Chaired by Katherine Salt, chair of TUC Midlands Women’s Committee

The panel explored how progressives can build wider coalitions to broaden support and secure real and lasting change, hosted by the National Education Union on behalf of TUC Midlands. The next outdoor event will be held in July 2021. Check back nearer the time for details on the 2021 festival.