Book reviews

"On Striking a Light ..a book of vital importance"
UNITE, 2014
"Louise Raw’s book is not only a fascinating history of the matchwomens’ strike in 1888 but also an expose of how little real research has been done into what has come to be seen as a turning point in British trade union history" - Bernadette Hyland
Working Class Movement Library, 3rd June 2011 - for the full review go to WCM Website.
"Raw’s book is infused with a desire to right an historical wrong, and to give credit to those who through enduring hardship deserve it... Raw’s primary motive is that the true contribution of the matchwomen be given proper respect in trade union history. She convinces me."
Reviewed in the Tribune, 13th May 2011 (UK)
"Matches made in hell" - Review by Andrew Stone
International Socialism, 7th January 2010 - for the full review go to International Socialism.
"Spark that blazed a trail for unions" - Jane Humphries admires the detective work that is rekindling respect for the match girls' strike of 1888
The Times, 24th September 2009 - for the full review go to The Times.

Talks reviews

"On Louise’s talks I felt genuinely empowered and uplifted...Louise’s talk fed my soul"
National Union of Teachers, Women"s Network, 2014

Parliamentary Recognition

Louise’s work on the matchwomen was recognised by Parliament in 2013, with a debate in Westminster Hall and a motion signed by 108 MPs including Tessa Jowell and Diane Abbott
" excellent historian"
Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey