Changing attitudes

Explore how societal and political attitudes towards issues relating to women’s rights, gender, race, and class have developed and evolved.

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Silences in the archive: Anti-Caste and fighting white supremacy in Victorian Britain

Article by:
Caroline Bressey

The fight against White Supremacy is a movement with roots in Victorian Britain. Caroline Bressey explores the role of figures such as Catherine Impey, and her journal, Anti-Caste, in combatting the legacies of slavery, and social and racial prejudice.

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Family Planning and Sex in Britain 1900–1960

Article by:
Kate Fisher

Before the mid-20th century, approaches to family planning were largely governed by society’s restrictive views on sex. Kate Fisher explores the birth control campaigns before the introduction of the pill in the 1960s.

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Reproductive rights and the Women’s Liberation Movement

Explore the progress made by the Women’s Liberation Movement in the fight for reproductive rights in the UK.

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Campaigns for equal pay in the 20th century

Campaigners have long fought for equality for women in the workplace. Discover some key moments from the 20th century in the fight for equal pay.

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The fight for LGBTQ+ equality

Learn about the history of LGBTQ+ rights in Britain, and hear about some of the experiences of lesbian women as they navigate policy and societal attitudes.

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The campaign for women’s suffrage

In 1918 the Representation of the People Act granted some women the right to vote in parliamentary elections; the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 gave men and women equal voting rights for the first time. Discover how suffragists and suffragettes campaigned for this democratic right.

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Men and Feminism

Article by:
Lucy Delap

Men have both stood alongside and against women in the promotion of gender justice. Lucy Delap explores the sometimes fraught but hopeful relationship between feminist activism and its male allies.

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Further themes

Changing attitudes

Explore how societal and political attitudes towards issues relating to women’s rights, gender, race, and class have developed and evolved.

Disputes and direct action

From protests for equitable labour rights in the Grunwick dispute to disability activism in the Women’s Liberation Movement, uncover some of the unique events that have impacted the broader landscape of women’s rights in the UK.

Education and work

The fight for women to hold equal financial, property and educational rights to men have been hard won. Discover the legal and social developments in women’s education and work since the 19th century.

Expressions

Women’s voices in spheres of music, literature, publishing, and fashion have been integral in bringing richness to the cultural life of the UK. Uncover the ways that women have used their artistic expression to progress feminist and human rights.

A map of women's resistance in the UK

Explore stories of women’s lives, rights and activism using our digital map and accompanying activities for secondary schools and young people.