Professor Sheila Rowbotham - History, 1961

Sheila Rowbotham began her career lecturing in Liberal Studies at Chelsea College of Advanced Technology. In 1981 she was appointed as a Visiting Professor in Women's Studies at the University of Amsterdam and between 1983 and 1986 worked as a research officer for the Greater London Council's Industry and Employment Department, producing a newspaper, 'Jobs for a Change', and contributing to the London Industrial Strategy. This led to an invitation to become Consultant Research Adviser for the Women's Programme, World Institute for Development Economics Research, (WIDER) at the United Nations University. Here she initiated a project which examined the conditions of poor women's casualised work internationally, involving activists and academics. This attracted interest among policy makers in Canada, Finland and India. Later Sheila was asked to participate on a project directed by Professor Swasti Mitter at UNU INTECH on women and technology. This attracted widespread international interest.

She is now based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manchester and has lectured extensively in North America, Brazil, Europe and India. She was given an honorary doctorate by North London University (now London Metropolitan University) and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is currently on the Working Lives Centre Group at London Metropolitan University and the Workers' Institute Advisory Panel (Black Country Living Museum) and has also helped groups involved with the organisation of home workers in Britain and internationally and supported the work of Women Working World Wide.