Friday, March 07, 2008

Sheila Rowbotham

Professor Sheila Rowbotham, author the the ground-breaking book Hidden From History: 300 Years of Women's Oppression and the Fight Against It (1975) and many other books has been told by the University of Manchester that her contract will not be renewed at the end of 2008. Sheila only wants one-third of her current salary to continue teaching at the university. The University (which is currently paying novelist Martin Amis £80,000 for working 28 hours a year) is pleading that it can no longer afford to pay Sheila.

According to the Telegraph the University has already cut 600 posts (many of them teaching staff) in order to reduce its £30 million deficit.

According to Womensphere some of the people who will be making the final decision about Sheila's case have admitted that they are not acquainted with her credentials or background.

To ask the University to reconsider their decision please email the following by the 10th March:

Please email by 10th March 2008:
* Head of Social Sciences (professor)
* Dean of Humanities (professor)
* President and Vice Chancellor (professor)

Please c.c your letter of support to