Listen to the voices of feminists who were at the forefront of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1970s and 80s. In addition to the interviews, explore the themes to discover the background to the movement and download our teaching resources for use in the classroom.
Due to the nature of the campaigns that were and are important to women’s equality, some of the audio clips on this site deal with challenging subjects and may not be appropriate for some younger students.
From legal and illegal action, to quiet subversion and huge spectacle, feminists of the Women’s Liberation Movement employed various methods in order to make their point and demand social and legislative change. Find out more about at some of the WLM's central campaigns.Read more
Although women make up a large part of the congregation in many religious institutions, they rarely hold positions of institutional power. Discover how some feminists campaigned for equality in religious institutions or even explored alternative spiritualities.Read more
The Women’s Liberation Movement has to be seen in the context of the educational system in which its members grew up. Learn more about the tripartite system, the 11+ exam and its mixed consequences - a divisive, class-based system, but one that gave opportunities for some girls to access grammar schools.Read more
In the 1960s and 70s the medical profession was still dominated by men and consequently women had little or no say in the medical treatment of their own bodies. Explore the WLM’s relationship to subjects like fertility, contraception, abortion, sexual desire and relationships.Read more
Should boys and girls be educated together or separately? Does gender influence career choice? Should women be paid to do housework? Are masculinity and femininity opposites? What do women from different races and classes have in common? How do they differ?
The women you will meet on this site took on these and other questions in an extraordinary period of British history. They strove for political and social equality, and struggled for changes that would grant both women and men new freedoms. Using the themes below, you can learn about what they fought for, what they achieved and how they achieved it.
The themes of this site are illustrated by 145 clips of oral history recordings and films that capture the voices of women who were at the forefront of the Women’s Liberation Movement.
The Women’s Liberation Movement prided itself upon its lack of stars and a variety of views but the Sisterhood and After project interviewed many of the key participants. Listen to 66 of the many voices of the movement on this website.
The full-length interviews from the project can be accessed at the British Library.