2001: First Women’s School

In October 2001, ASLEF held its first women’s school at Wortley Hall in Yorkshire, with 29 female members in attendance.

The women’s school was to give women members of the union the opportunity to learn about how the union works, how to get involved and to meet and network with other women members.

Over the course of the weekend the attendees took part in workshops on health and safety, assertiveness and dealing with workplace harassment.

This article appeared in the ASLEF Journal in July 2001 advertising the school to women members:

A magazine clipping. The headline reads 'News briefs' and then below this: Women's school. ASLEF is holding its first ever weekend school for women from 7-10 October at Wortley Hall. This is a great move forward for our trade union and a real show of commitment to pushing the equality agenda forward. The content of the school is being designed by the women's committee and centred on what we believe are the key issues in our women members' lives. Guest speakers are to be invited and will cover subjects such as women's health and safety, pensions and education. Please book your place as soon as possible as numbers will be limited.
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