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Women's liberation at the grass roots: a view from some English towns, c.1968–1990

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Historical scholarship on the women's liberation movement (WLM) across the UK is as yet underdeveloped. This article argues against the commonly held assumption that London socialist-feminist accounts speak for England as a whole. This article examines the history of the WLM in England as refracted through a range of different English urban localities, specifically Bristol, Brighton, Norwich, Bolton and Leeds/Bradford. It attempts to show the importance of local studies to appreciate the diversity of the English women's liberation movement. The movement had very many unifying characteristics, but how they played out across the country differed according to local contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-740
Number of pages18
JournalWomen’s History Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2016


  • Sue Bruley

    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Women's History Review on 16.03.2016, available online:

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