Education

A major focus of the Women’s Liberation Movement was on equal educational and job opportunities.  Activism by teachers, students, writers and publishers was one of the most exciting and effective streams of feminist work. Discover the context of compulsory, further and higher education for girls and women, as well as sex education provision in the 1970s and the development of Women’s Studies courses at universities.

Education and the Women's Liberation Movement

Education and the Women's Liberation Movement

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Sisterhood and After Research Team

How did the Women’s Liberation Movement help transform education and the place of women in academia? Find out about compulsory, further and higher education for girls and women, as well as sex education provision in the 1970s and the development of Women’s Studies courses at universities.

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Teaching and the Women's Liberation Movement

Girls in formal education

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team

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.

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Sex education and the Women's Liberation Movement

Sex education

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team

Although the values of post-war society had shifted, most children grew up in this era with little knowledge of sex, relationships, sexually transmitted diseases or contraception. Find out how sex education related to the upbringing and demands of second wave feminists.

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Women's Studies, Women's History and the Women's Liberation Movement

Women’s studies and women’s history

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team

Women’s Studies as a subject allowed feminists to discuss and develop their ideas and theoretical arguments and it started to become accepted within academia. But as the subject grew, some feminists felt that the gap between theory and practice had become too wide.

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Further themes

Family and children

Discover how the Women’s Liberation Movement challenged attitudes towards childcare, marriage, partnership and domestic work.

Bodies, minds and spirits

Explore the ways in which the Women’s Liberation Movement sought to change attitudes towards women’s bodies and minds.

Sex, love and friendship

No justice without love. No love without justice. How did sex, sexuality, love and justice relate to the Women’s Liberation Movement?

Race, place and nation

How did the feminism of the Women’s Liberation Movement overlap with campaigns against racism, militarism and nuclear weapons?

Education

How were girls taught and brought up before women’s liberation? Find out how activism by teachers, students, writers and publishers led to changes in teaching, sex education and academia.

Equality and work

Find out how the Women’s Liberation Movement fought for equal pay, access to training, equality in religious institutions, and recognition of work carried out by women.

Activism

Learn about the many forms of activism used by the Women’s Liberation Movement, from consciousness-raising to campaigns and protests.

Politics and legislation

How did WLM campaigns lead to more equal political representation and legislation changes that have fundamentally altered women’s lives?

Changing cultures and the arts

How were literature, art, photography, performance, animation, music, theatre, film and sport changed by feminism?

Who we were, who we are

What is a feminist, why is feminism often controversial and how have men responded to Women’s Liberation?