EnglishEllen Malos talks about her experience of organising the Women's Liberation Movement conference in 1973. She comments on the difficulty of representing everyone's interests and including all the voices that wanted to be heard.
Have you ever organised an event? How do you ensure you represent the views of everyone who wants to be involved?
Which year was this, which month?
Oh. 1973 I think. Kind of some kind of row going on about Wages for Housework and, something else, and a very very very fractious kind of general meeting, and, you know, trying to keep the peace and stop things bubbling. Oh yeah, the social. Women took their clothes off in the social, in the dance at night, and if the porters had seen that, that would have been the end. I mean we had to try and prevent the naked women from dancing out into the open, because the, you know, the university union has this huge open area in the middle, and so we had to kind of try and confine them to the actual place and not come out with no clothes on. I can’t remember what positively was discussed. I just remember doing all this kind of containment stuff the whole weekend. I don’t know whether that was a high or a low really, you know, it was certainly an extreme of some kind.
- Ellen Malos discusses organising the Bristol WLM conference
- 24 - 26 October 2010
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- Sisterhood and After: The Women's Liberation Oral History Project
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