Sarah Browne
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The women’s liberation movement in context
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The women's liberation movement (WLM) in Scotland should be placed within its wider context to understand why it developed in the way it did but also to understand better the ways in which women's lives changed in contemporary Britain. As the 1970s progressed, women's liberation groups often supported the protests of groups like the Gay Liberation Front (GLF). Radical feminism had emerged at the British women's liberation conference in 1972 when a group presented a paper which took a 'pro-woman line reminiscent of Redstockings'. The concept of liberation echoed developments in New Left thinking and allowed feminist activists to widen the campaign against female oppression to include all aspects of women's lives. Campaigns would no longer focus solely on women's public roles as the WLM highlighted the discrimination women also faced in the home and in relationships, successfully blurring the division between the public and the private.

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