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Kate Sclater was one of the leaders of the victorious Matchgirls Strike in 1888 at the Bryant and May Match Factory in Bow, East London. Kate was at the forefront of the Strike, being on the Strike Committee, and would have met with MPs and prominent Social Reformers of the time, who supported the Matchgirls in their bid to fight for fairer working conditions and pay. The story still has such resonance in today's society.
The Matchgirls Memorial, a charity founded in 2019. aims to raise awareness of the Matchgirls and, not only about the Strike but of their individual stories. The charity recently discovered that Kate Sclater was born and raised in Southampton and they are now campaigning to raise funds for a commemoration plaque to honour Kate in her home City of Southampton. The funds will pay for the plaque and cover the costs of an unveiling ceremony.
Read more about Kate's story here: https://www.matchgirls1888.org/post/slater-to-sclater
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