Historicising the Women’s Liberation Movement in the Western World: 1960-1999

Laurel Forster (Editor), Sue Bruley (Editor)

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The Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) of the late 1960s, 70s and 80s emerged out of a particular set of economic and social circumstances where women were unequally treated in the home, the workplace, and in culture and wider society. As part of the WLM, women collected together in disparate groups and contexts to express their dissatisfaction with their role and position in society, making their concerns apparent through consciousness-raising and activism.

This important time in women’s history is revisited in this collection, which looks afresh at the diversity of the movement and the ways in which feminism of the time might be reconsidered and historicised. The contributions here cover a range of important issues: feminist art, local activism, class distinction, racial politics, perceptions of motherhood, girls’ education, feminist print cultures, the recovery of feminist histories and feminist heritage, and they span personal and political concerns in Britain, Canada and the United States. Each contributor considers the impact of the WLM in a different context, reflecting the variety of issues faced by women and helping us to understand the problems of the second wave. This book broadens our understanding of the impact and the implication of the WLM, explores the dynamism of women’s activism and radicalism, and acknowledges the significance of this movement to ongoing contemporary feminisms. This book was originally published as a special issue of Women’s History Review.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages176
ISBN (Print)978-0815348214
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2018


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