Spare Rib magazine issue 001


Issue 1 of Spare Rib sets the tone for this ground-breaking feminist magazine with an editorial aimed at raising awareness of women’s liberation. The front page photograph of two relaxed, smiling women is intentionally in contrast to mainstream women’s magazines of the time which concentrated on beauty products and household issues. Articles on the first women’s refuge and concerns about women in the penal system are good examples of this new magazine’s focus.

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Spare Rib magazine issue 001
July 1972
Spare Rib Collective
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