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Socialist women and Women’s Liberation, 1968–82
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This chapter analyses the connections between the revolutionary left and the women's liberation movement (WLM) between the late 1960s and the early 1980s. Women's liberation groups sprung up all over the country so that by 1972 all the large towns in Britain had such a group. The chapter examines the possibilities of a genuinely socialist-feminist movement. The initial euphoria of the WLM had subsided and the last ever national conference in 1978 was dominated by acrimonious feuding between socialist-feminist and radical/revolutionary feminists. Besides consciousness-raising (CR), the group threw itself into many other WLM activities and was associated with the London Women's Liberation Workshop. To explore the subjectivity of women's accounts, the most appropriate methodology is oral history, which gives voice to people whose accounts might not otherwise be known. Oral history is necessarily a process of public self-reflection and performance.

Against the grain

The British far left from 1956

Editors: Evan Smith and Matthew Worley


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