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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book shows that the women's liberation movement (WLM), far from being a solely metropolitan phenomenon, actually extended its reach beyond the 'big cities' of England and to communities throughout Scotland. The WLM's use of the second wave label was a way to link their activism with the suffrage era, illustrate that theirs was an ongoing struggle and distinguish their work from groups active during their mothers' generation. The book looks at the roots of the movement by offering portrayals of the women who went on to form women's liberation groups. It further analyses the phenomenon of 'consciousness-raising' and the part it had to play in the WLM's development. The book also focuses on campaigns taken up by the WLM in Scotland: to defend abortion rights and to campaign against violence against women.

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