The women of the movement
in The women’s liberation movement in Scotland
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Many of the women dated their interest in 'feminist' issues from their childhood. Indeed, from those that emphasised the personal nature of their politicisation interesting themes emerged about how early experiences shaped their future lives as campaigning feminists. This chapter maps some of these important experiences. Issues such as the mother/daughter relationship; relationships with men; early experiences of education, employment and inter-actions with the labour movement are discussed. Evidently women were taking the lead in many of the major events of student politics in Scotland in the 1960s and 1970s. One major way women gained their political spurs prior to engaging with the women's liberation movement (WLM) was through involvement in left-wing groups. While the changing political and social context taught future feminists the methods of political protest, it was really experiences within the family which provided them with the reasons for their anger.

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