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Women in the Miners' Strike, 1984-5
Marches and Pickets
Women like Rita Wakefield, Kim Hickling, and Wendy Minney, from Nottinghamshire, and Aggie Currie, from Yorkshire, went on picket lines to support the strike. This could be exhilarating - but also scary. Many others went on marches - and often found, like Christina Bell, from the Yorkshire/Nottinghamshire border, that this boosted their morale. But sometimes marches had a scary side, as Maxine Penkethman found when she travelled from Staffordshire to London for a march in support of the strike. Some women, like Janie Robertson from Stirling, gave speeches at rallies. Other women were on the other side, and some, like Christine Wooldridge in Yorkshire, decided to keep working through the strike and had to cross picket lines themselves.
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