Women in the Miners' Strike, 1984-5
The strike had many legacies. A few days after the end of the strike, many women from the Derbyshire and Yorkshire region attended the International Women's Day rally in Chesterfield football stadium, which Christine Worth described as an emotional experience. Eight years later, some women involved in supporting the 1984-5 strike got back together with new supporters to contest a new round of pit closures - Caroline Poland was one of these woman, and was a important activist in the Houghton Main Pit Camp. Some women, like Aggie Currie, felt that their relationships - and gender roles in mining communities generally - had become more equal because of the strike. But against that more positive development were many negative ones. Many women, like Marjorie Simpson, described how the loss of the strike, and the disappearance of mining jobs, had knock-on effects for families and communities.