Active in the 1970s to 1980s, Wages Due Lesbians began as a committee part of Wages for Housework. The group eventually became their own entity, focusing on lesbian issues while working with Wages for Housework. They believed wages for housework was vital for lesbian women to be free from men and the system which made it difficult for lesbian women to gain employment and become single mothers. In July 1977, Francie Wyland, a key member of Wages Due Lesbian, published “Motherhood, Lesbianism and Child Custody”, a booklet preceding the launch of the Lesbian Mothers Defense Fund (LDMF). In 1978 Wages Due Lesbian launched the Lesbian Mothers Defense Fund to help lesbian mothers gain custody of their children. The group disbanded in the early 1980s.
The Collective stated that their “focus is on understanding and developing the Wages for Housework perspective” in a position statement under the title “Fucking is Work”.
Wages Due Lesbians Documents
|Lesbian Women Have Rights and So Do Our Children!||--|
|Lesbians Join the Family Allowance Protest (1976)||1976||Ontario|
|Letter – Family Allowance Protest (April 1976)||1976||Ontario|
|Motherhood, Lesbianism and Child Custody (1977)||1977||Ontario|
|Press Release – Gay Pride Week||--|
|The Child Custody Deal Isn’t Fit For Us||--||Ontario|
|The Wages Due Collective – Position Statement||--||Ontario|
|Wages Due Lesbians – Dorothy Kidd Speech (1976)||1976||Ontario|
|Wages Due Lesbians – Lesbian Mothers’ Defense Fund Launch||1978||Ontario|
|Who Holds the Baby? Women & Child Custody||--|
|You Begin To Wonder…||--||Ontario|