Barbara Taylor discusses the importance of friendships to the work of the WLM

Description

English

Barbara Taylor describes the supportive network for women discovered through the Women’s Liberation Movement and the impact of these friendships on her life.

When you’ve got too much work and you’re tired, do you prefer to talk to your friends or your family?

Image details

Barbara Taylor and Denise Riley c.1983 photograph © Barbara Taylor

Mica Nava and Carol Walkowitz photograph © Barbara Taylor

Transcript

Transcript

If I give you a day in the life, probably when I’m living in Clapham, in this little house in Clapham. Well, so, get up at, sort of seven, be at my desk by eight. Work from eight until, five or six. Get on the Tube and go to a meeting, which could be a study group or it could be Red Rag, or it could be Women’s Liberation and Socialism, might be setting up Women’s Liberation and Socialism educationals or a conference or something. I probably went to a meeting five out of seven nights of the week, and, I think my memory is that the days would be sort of solid thesis work, and the evenings would be meetings. And then, sometimes meetings on the weekend, I mean there would be, yeah, almost certainly meetings on Saturdays, Sundays. These meetings were also sites of friendship. We’ll go out for dinner, we’ll go out for a drink, and so on. So you’d have the meeting and then sociability.

Title:
Barbara Taylor discusses the importance of friendships to the work of the WLM
Date:
5 - 16 December 2011
Duration:
1:17
Format:
Sound recording
Language:
English
Collection:
Sisterhood and After: The Women's Liberation Oral History Project
Copyright:
© British Library
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
C1420/38

Full catalogue details

Related articles

Friendships and relationships

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team
Theme:
Sex, love and friendship

The Women’s Liberation Movement was to a large extent formed from existing friendship or neighbourhood groups coming together. Discover the many strong friendships that changed lives and have lasted until the present day.

Sex, love, friendship and the Women’s Liberation Movement

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team
Theme:
Sex, love and friendship

Traditionally societies placed great emphasis on the values of chastity and modesty for women but that started to change in the late 20th century. Discover the variety of factors in the 1960s and 70s that led greater sexual freedom for some women and to feminist explorations of sex, sexuality, love and justice.

Related collection items

Related people