Who we were, who we are

The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘a feminist’ simply as ‘An advocate or supporter of the rights and equality of women’. Yet the term ‘feminist’ has always been contentious. Discover the background to the Women’s Liberation Movement and the myths and controversies surrounding feminism today.

Who we were who we are

Who we were, who we are

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team

Although the Women’s Liberation Movement was not the first movement to call for the emancipation of women, much of the history had been forgotten by the 1960s. Find out why so much of the intellectual work of the WLM was on rediscovery and rethinking.

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What is a feminist?

What is a feminist?

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team

Feminism is simply the quest for the equality of the sexes, yet it provokes strong reactions. Discover the history of the term and find out how the WLM developed and tackled some of the most fundamental feminist questions, such as what it means to be a woman.

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Myths and controversies surrounding feminism

Myths and controversies surrounding feminism

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team

Why is feminism often controversial? Read more about some of the most common objections to feminism and discover five amazing feminist ideas that might change your world.

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Men's reponses to women's liberation

Men's reponses to women's liberation

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team

How did men respond to women’s liberation? Find out more about the men’s groups, who campaigned alongside women for an end to inequality between the sexes.

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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?