The women of Greenham Common taught a generation how to protest
Publisher: The Guardian
Date Written: 02/09/2013
Year Published: 2013
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX19838
Women in Greenham used their voice in order to advance the ordinary class, and their legacy lives on.
Everything, from how to allocate donations to the distribution of cooking rotas was democratically decided. Who should speak, travel and represent the protest was a constant source of frustration to those from outside who demanded leaders while those within demanded that there should be none. Meanwhile, the women worked out how to care for the young, how to humiliate the authorities on the ground while arguing the case in the highest courts of the land, how to live with difference while living in a community that claimed one thing the decommissioning of nuclear weapons was more important than all other considerations.
Greenham was a place where a generation of women found a public voice. It was a voice that was predicated on inclusion and difference, multiple perspectives not a single dominant view. It identified earlier than most that we had been let down by a political class, that the interests of ordinary people had been ignored in favor of warmongers and international business interests.