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    A look back at anger: the Women's Liberation Movement in 1978

    Rees, Jeska (2010) A look back at anger: the Women's Liberation Movement in 1978. Women's History Review 19 (3), pp. 337-356. ISSN 0961-2025.

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    Abstract

    The British Women's Liberation Movement (WLM) has received scarce attention from historians, though many women have published first-hand accounts. These accounts are usually from a socialist feminist perspective, which tends to silence or disparage revolutionary feminist actions and ideas. Archival and oral history research on the WLM's last National Conference in Birmingham in 1978 illuminates how such a perspective is partial and in need of revision. The conference witnessed bitter disagreements, with the final plenary session degenerating into chaos as women debated the merits of resolutions relating to sexuality and violence against women. This article reconstructs the events leading up to the plenary, and interrogates the often implicit but rarely explicit notion that a particular group of revolutionary feminists was responsible for the breakdown of the Conference, and with it, the WLM as a political force.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2011 14:43
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3262

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