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Dr Louise Raw is a writer, broadcaster, historian and activist.
Her book, Striking a Light, now in its sixth reprint, tells the story of the groundbreaking 1888 strike by women match makers in Bow, East London, recognising it as the beginning of the modern labour movement and, by extension, the Labour Party. On International Women’s Day 2017, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn acknowledged her work as ‘… a history lesson that should be taught in our schools.’
Louise appears twice monthly on BBC Radio London presenting histories of lesser-known London Lives. She featured on and was historical adviser for BBC Two’s The Victorian Slum. She has also appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? and Channel 4’s The Worst Jobs in History.
She also writes and speaks extensively on the rise of the Far Right, and its particular threat to women and feminists.