In the Beginning We Demanded

Sue Crockford was a member of the first Tufnell Park Women’s Liberation group, set up in 1968. She was also co-organiser of a radical film collective, Angry Arts, which made a unique record of the 1970 Women’s Liberation Conference in the film A Woman’s Place. The first four WLM demands that you can read about in the introduction to this section emerged out of the 1970 conference, and were passed the following year in Skegness.

 

A Woman’s Place

Speaking in a recent ‘Witness Workshop’ organised by The Women’s Library, Sue Crockford remembers,

 

It was one of those rare times in your own history where you know you’re there at an occasion that’s historically important … I personally felt terrified because I had to stand up in front of a, you know, 600 women saying, I’d like to film this, please could I have permission, and the majority of the crew are men.

 

Why do you think that the women at the first WLM conference were worried about how their actions would be represented? How is feminism represented in the media today?

 

How far do you think men in general have become more involved in child care, either as parents or workers, since the 1970s?

 

Why do you think that the conference drafted demands? How far have these demands been achieved today?

 

Film credits

Producer / Director: Lizzie Thynne

Research assistant / Editor: Peter Harte