Selma James

Selma James is an anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist campaigner. In 1972 she put forward Wages for Housework (WFH) as a political perspective that redefined the working class to include all who work without wages, starting with women, the primary carers everywhere. The International WFH Campaign she founded (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year) co-ordinates the Global Women’s Strike. With her husband and colleague C. L. R. James, she worked in the English-speaking Caribbean for independence and federation from 1958 to 1962. Her first anthology, Sex, Race, and Class – The Perspective of Winning was published in 2012. Her second, Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet was published in 2021, both by PM Press. They focus on what can be learnt from decades of building an international network. On International Women’s Day, City of Women London renamed Kentish Town Station after Selma James, the nearest tube station to the Crossroads Women’s Centre where she is based.