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Spare Rib, Iconic Feminist Magazine, Becomes Available Online Through British Library

28/05/2015 16:48 BST | Updated 02/06/2015 09:59 BST

The British Library have made the entire archive of the landmark feminist magazine, Spare Rib, available online.

The magazine was first published in 1972, and went on to chart over 20 years of the grassroots feminist movement.

In an era regarded as hugely important for women's liberation, the radical Spare Rib featured pieces on taboo topics of the time, including domestic violence, abortion and FGM.

Marsha Rowe, co-founder of the magazine, told the Guardian: “It's as if the magazine has been given a new lease of life. By making the magazine available online, it can encourage women round the world to act together to change and be a resource in support of their struggle for rights and freedoms.”

In addition to the 239 digitised magazines now available, the British Library has also launched a curated website featuring articles from academics, activists and former contributors to help put the magazine in context.

Polly Russell, curator of politics and public life at the British Library told the Guardian: "Spare Rib was a product of its time which is also somehow timeless. Early editions involved big-name contributors including Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, Margaret Drabble and Alice Walker, but alongside these were the voices of ordinary women telling their own stories.

She added: “By making this part of our intellectual heritage available online, we hope it will attract new and returning generations of readers to the magazine for research, inspiration and enjoyment.”