A Feminist Way to Unconditional Basic Income: Claimants Unions and Women's Liberation Movements in 1970s Britain

Yamamori, Toru
December 2014
Basic Income Studies;Dec2014, Vol. 9 Issue 1/2, p1
Academic Journal
This article explores how the demand for an unconditional basic income (UBI) was discussed in the British Women's Liberation Movement (WLM) in the 1970s. A resolution for UBI was passed with a majority vote at the National Women's Liberation Conference in 1977. However, this fact appears not to have been properly recorded in any academic literature. This is slightly surprising because it has been more than a decade since feminist academics started to argue either for or against UBI. The resolution was raised by working class women in the Claimants Unions Movement. This article records and analyses their feminist articulation of the UBI and the unfortunate fate of their resolution along with their intersections with other feminists. It is based mainly on oral historical interviews with ex-claimants women (128).


Related Articles

  • Steve Webb: Govt will need to answer '8% question' on auto-enrolment. Selby, Tom // Money Marketing (Online Edition);4/3/2014, p8 

    The article offers statements from Great Britain Pensions Minister Steve Webb on the need for the government to address automatic enrolment minimum contributions since levels are not enough to deliver sustainable retirement incomes. Webb notes the increase of the minimum contribution will form...

  • Vixens of Venery: Women, Sport, and Fox-Hunting in Britain, 1860-1914. Munkwitz, Erica // Critical Survey;2012, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p74 

    In the years between 1860 and 1914, more women than ever pursued equestrian activities throughout Britain. A study of riding manuals for ladies shows why these pursuits became so popular and how female equestrians used sports such as fox-hunting to revise, but not reject, traditional gender...

  • Poverty is closer to home than you think. Vinter, Robyn // Farmers Weekly;11/9/2012, Vol. 158 Issue 19, p3 

    The author comments on the prevalence of poverty among farmers in Great Britain in 2012. She attributes the situation to the average income from a farm, which is far below the national minimum wage. She also indicates a loss suffered by beef and sheep enterprises when taking into account unpaid...

  • Industry seeks contributions review as Govt studies auto-enrol thresholds. SELBY, TOM; BRODBECK, SAM // Money Marketing;10/23/2014, Issue 1458, p30 

    The article reports that the British government is considering to perform an investigation of rules relating to pension auto-enrollment thresholds. Topics discussed include the government's plan to abolish the link between auto-enrollment earnings trigger and income tax in 2015, exclusion of...

  • ‘Woolly, Half-Baked and Impractical’? British Responses to the Commission on the Status of Women and the Convention on the Political Rights of Women 1946–67. Laville, Helen // Twentieth Century British History;Dec2012, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p473 

    This article traces the relationship between women's associations and the British government with regard to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), from its establishment in 1946 to British ratification of the Convention on the Political Rights of Women (CPRW) in 1967. Whilst...

  • 'Don't give terror a voice'. CHOUDHURY, IMRAN // Eastern Eye;12/25/2015, Issue 1334, p13 

    The article reports the claim by British Armed Forces Muslim chaplain, Imam Asim Hafiz, as of late December 2015 that British citizens should unite to prevent the growth of extremist movements in Great Britain.

  • National minimum wage.  // British Dental Nurses Journal;Autumn2013, Vol. 73 Issue 4, p8 

    The article offers brief information on Great Britain's national minimum wage that will take effect on October 1, 2013.

  • WHAT'S IN A NAME?  // Convenience Store;3/27/2015, p3 

    The article reports on the recommendation to remove the word, "minimum," in the national minimum wage to reflect a positive effect on workers in Great Britain.

  • Band aid. Lawson, John // Money Marketing;6/16/2011, p48 

    In this article, the author discusses the problems associated with the definition of basic earnings used in calculating contributions to pension schemes in Great Britain.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics