Equality and work

The Women’s Liberation Movement in the UK fought for the right for women to train for and gain entry into all occupations, highlighted women’s unpaid work in the home, and demanded equal pay for equal work outside the home. Learn about the actions that feminists took to change attitudes and legislation to improve equality in the workplace.

Equality, work and the Women's Liberation Movement

Equality, work and the Women's Liberation Movement

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team

The battle for equal pay was as much about class as it was about gender and the two fights ran concurrently on different fronts. Read this introductory background on equal pay in the workplace to find out how the WLM carried out their campaign.

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Equal pay, equality legislation and the Women's Liberation Movement

Equal pay and equality legislation

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team

From actions such as the Ford machinists’ strike in Dagenham and the Grunwick Film-Processing Laboratories strike, to campaigns such The Night Cleaners, find out how the 1970 the Equal Pay Act came into effect.

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Religion, religious institutions and the Women’s Liberation Movement

Equality in religion and religious institutions

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team

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.

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Work and the Women’s Liberation Movement

Redefining work

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team

The Women’s Liberation Movement fought for equal access to the workplace regardless of gender and for labour to be valued. Find out how campaigns by the WLM enabled women to enter traditionally male dominated fields.

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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?