Gemma Rogers Exclusive Bandcamp Release this Friday.

At the Tate Britain exhibition, ‘Women In Revolt,” Gemma Rogers saw a looped video, in which ‘WAGES DUE’ was playing – the piece captured Gemma’s attention & she began scouring the internet to find the song – & its writer, Boo Watson. In 1975 Boo Watson was a founding member of Wages Due Lesbians in Toronto, Canada, and a talented musician.  Aged 17, she composed & wrote the “Wages Due” song reflecting her experiences as a young woman who joined the Wages for Housework Campaign (WFH) to fight for every woman’s financial independence. The song was an immediate hit in the wider international WFH movement. It is part of the moving soundtrack to the pathbreaking film All Work & No Pay, made by WFH w BBC TV for its Open Door series, & aired in 1976. Wages Due Lesbians is now known as Queer Strike, an autonomous member organisation of the Global Women's Strike, an international movement co-ordinated by WFH.  GWS calls for a Care Income for all those caring for people & planet. WFH 50th anniversary archives here. W permission frm Boo, Gemma has re-imagined WAGES DUE for 2024 & is releasing it on Friday 28th June 2024 exclusively on Bandcamp. The song will be available to buy digitally for what you can afford. ALL proceeds will go to Crossroads Women. The Women’s Centre is an anti-poverty & justice hub, housing 15 women’s groups, & a supportive men’s group, which combine collective self-help services & campaigning to address issues from grassroots women’s point of view & lived experiences rape & domestic abuse, right to be here & the hostile environment, racism, disability discrimination, sex workers’ rights, benefit entitlements, unwaged caring work, support not separation for mothers up against ‘child protection’ injustices, natural farming, & more. Their efforts to Connect, Empower, and Advocate are upheld by the core values: Community, Equity, and Growth.
Buy this song of protest, solidarity and love – to help fund a cause that continues to support all women.

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