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The Alternative School of Economics, True Currency: About Feminist Economics, 2020. Visual identity designed by Ben Prescott. Commissioned by Gasworks.

Ruth Beale interviews Shiri Shalmy, Sex Workers Strike, 8 March 2020.

Sex Work Strike, 8 March 2020.

Ruth Beale and Amy Feneck - Interview with Jade

Sex Workers Strike, 8 March 2020

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This is second part of Worker Struggles, centering on issues around women and paid work. Women working in the sex industry talk about their struggle to name sex work as work, meaning they can demand safer and fair working conditions. The episode also starts to unpack the idea of ‘reproductive labour’, a central idea in feminist thought, describing the usually unpaid care-giving and domestic work predominantly done by women, and whether this is considered work.

True Currency: About Feminist Economics is a 6 part podcast by The Alternative School of Economics (artists Ruth Beale and Amy Feneck) who draw on their experiences as artists and mothers, and speak to academic researchers, policy experts, community leaders and activists, to explore financial inequality, feminism, intersectionality, labour exploitation, unpaid work, care, unionisation and reproductive labour.

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Voices in this episode

Jade, sex worker & member of United Sex Workers 
Stacey Clare, stripper and member of United Sex Workers and East London Strippers Collective (ELSC)  
Shiri Shalmy, Organiser with Cooperation Town, Antiuniversity Now, United Sex Workers and the Women’s Strike Assembly 
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Amy Feneck and Ruth Beale are the third artists to undertake the Gasworks Participation Artist in Residence programme, which supports London-based artists to develop work in collaboration with local community groups. The podcast series was developed between September 2019 and April 2020, through conversations with experts and workshops with community groups at the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre and IRMO (Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation). These workshops  encouraged conversations between women and parents who were interested in these ideas, and are actively involved in feminist economic projects.

Commissioned by Gasworks, supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.