IWD: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1564 ... March 2, 2018

IWD: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Looking Back on the Women’s Liberation Movement

Judith Green

In a sexist society, sexism imbues every facet of life. The Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1960s involved a huge truth-telling by women about the realities of their lives, to each other and to the world, in an effort to change themselves and the world. Out of that great cataloguing of the injustices against us, women in the UK developed seven demands at a series of conferences taking place from 1970 to 1978.

The first of those gatherings opened exactly forty-eight years ago today (27 February -- 1 March 1970), when women in Oxford expanded an original idea for a conference on Women’s History into an event focused... on the urgent contemporary concerns of women.

300 women were expected, but 600 arrived, and together addressed issues out of which the first four demands of the Women’s Liberation Movement National Conferences were developed.

These were:
1. Equal pay
2. Equal educational and job opportunities
3. Free contraception and abortion on demand
4. Free 24-hour nurseries

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