Registration Open: Situating Women’s Liberation; Historicizing a Movement Symposium

The University of Portsmouth: Friday 4 July 2014

The women’s liberation movement (WLM) erupted into late 1960s Western society as a powerful force for social change, challenging rigidly defined and oppressive sex role stereotypes, promoting a set of formal demands for women’s equality and introducing terms such as ‘sexism’ and ‘male chauvinist’ into everyday language. There is little doubt that the women’s liberation movement had a profound impact, yet popular images of the original ‘women’s libbers’ portray second wave feminists as men hating, bra burning, dungaree clad harridans. There is currently renewed interest in feminism, and an upsurge of feminist activity. This has been accompanied by a desire amongst feminist historians to develop the historiography of the WLM. The aim of this one day conference is to historicize the women’s liberation movement within western society between c1968-1990.

Panel sessions:

  • Working Class Women                                                                                                                            
  • Second Wave Feminist Film and Art                                                                                                            
  • The Politics of the Personal                                                                                                          
  • Feminist Writing, Traditions and History                                                                                      
  • Activism, Race and the State                                                                                                            
  • Media and Education                                                                                                                                  

Plus Roundtable discussion – new perspectives for the history of women’s liberation

For more information contact Sue Bruley, Reader in Modern History:

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