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Monument to the Unknown Woman Worker

 
 
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Inscription.  

[Comments on monument, in no particular order]

The fastest growing section of the
labour force are married women in
part-time employment.
This work is only one part of a
mother's working day.
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Woman's pay victory may open floodgate
A BELFAST WOMAN'S successful five-year battle for pay equality with male colleagues will lead to demands from thousands of women in the UK electricity industry for a review of their wages structure, a union leader claimed today. [newspaper headline]
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All women working in the home
receive no direct wage.
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Woman wins long fight for pay equality
[newspaper headline]
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Like mother - like daughter
both say:
"Goodbye dandruff"
[advertisement]
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Women do two-thirds of the world's
work, receive only two per cent

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of the
world's income and own less than one per
cent of the world's assets.
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Almost 40% of women working for
income in Northern Ireland are part-time
workers. These women are almost always
badly paid. They work without health
benefits, holiday entitlements or pension
schemes. Part-time workers are also under
represented by trade unions.
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Part time workers get raw deal say MP
[newspaper headline]
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The seven lowest paid jobs in
Northern Ireland are almost totally
done by women:
Proportion of women
Secretaries 99%
Domestics 98.9%
Rag trade 91.8%
Shop Assistants 79.4%
Cleaners 71.1%
Waitresses/Bar Work N.A.
Clerks 68.2%

 
Erected 1992.
 
Location. 54° 35.661′ N, 5° 56.077′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in County Antrim. Marker is at the intersection of Great Victoria Street (Northern Ireland Route A1) and Amelia Street, on the right when traveling south on Great Victoria Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Great Northern Mall, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT2 7GN, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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walking distance of this marker. Great Victoria Street Station (a few steps from this marker); Crown Bar (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Victoria Street (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Grand Opera House (about 90 meters away); Buildings & Housing (about 150 meters away); People (about 150 meters away); Industry (about 150 meters away); Culture (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
 
Regarding Monument to the Unknown Woman Worker. The National College of Art and Design notes the following about Monument to the Unknown Woman Worker:

Originally commissioned by the Dept. of the Environment, Belfast for a new square behind the Crown Bar. The commission brief was to figuratively reflect the social history of the locality, described only in terms of prostitution.


Walsh was not willing to represent women’s experience only in those terms.


This proposal involved an alternative take on commemorative figurative public
sculpture; in particular monuments to the unknown soldier. Focusing the experience of women in the labor force and in particular issues like the lack of equal pay for women and fact that workers in the home receive no wages, she embedded statistics, text and symbolic objects into the surface of the bronze figures, highlighting

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the contribution of women’s work to society which is often unpaid or badly paid.


This became the underlying context regarding women and prostitution. However the sculpture became the subject of a bizarre media and political controversy and was banned from public property by Belfast City Council. The work was subsequently re-commissioned by a private developer and finally sited in Great Victoria Street, out side the Train Station.
 
Also see . . .  Monument to the Unknown Woman Worker at Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 19, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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