Throughout the mid-20th century, groups of women around the world were fighting for change. In what came to form the Women’s Liberation Movement, women united to demand equal pay, equal opportunities, and free contraception, abortion and childcare. These demands were read out at the first ever National Women’s Conference in 1970. We spoke to Juliet Mitchell, one of the organisers of the conference, to hear what it was like to be part of a pivotal moment of women’s history.
My brief tenure as a founding member, and contributor to policy development, of the Women's Equality Party (or WEP) is, I
My desire for vintage clothing was ignited when I moved down to London at 18, with a case full of generic clothes and an ambition to 'find myself'. Three months and several trips to Camden and East London later, I arrived home to Scotland for my first holiday and my mum exclaimed "What on earth have you come dressed as?!"
Women's liberation has been turned back 40 years by a new "raunch culture" that has led to "beauty pageants" being staged
Gender, rather lifelessly, has been defined by the FAO as "the relations between men and women, both perceptual and material. Gender is not determined biologically...but constructed socially". The beginning of all studies into gender, then, must also be a study of social relations.
We were told that having a feminist or women's lib group in the bar would be "inappropriate". Inappropriate. So feminism and women's liberation are inappropriate. In London. In the West End. In 2011.