Where Do We Go From Here...?

2020 marks 50 years since the 'official movement' known as the Women's Liberation Movement began.

It was in 1970 (27 February - 1 March 1970) that the first National Women's Liberation Movement conference was held in Oxford

More than 600 women attended the first national Women's Liberation Movement conference in 1970, with a desire to debate a wide variety of issues affecting women. The first four Women's Liberation Movement demands were discussed:

1. Equal pay

2. Equal educational and job opportunities

3. Free contraception and abortion on demand

4. Free 24-hour nurseries

These demands were passed at the 1971 Conference on Skegness.

Over the decades several more demands were added.July 1974

A national Women's Liberation Movement conference was held in Edinburgh in 1974. At this conference, two demands were added to the first four:

5. Legal and financial independence for all women

6. The right to a self-defined sexuality. An end to discrimination against lesbians

7-9 April 1978

The final national Women's Liberation Movement conference was held in Birmingham. A final demand was added to the first six:

7. Freedom for all women from intimidation by the threat or use of violence or sexual coercion regardless of marital status; and an end to the laws, assumptions and institutions which perpetuate male dominance and aggression to women.

Also, amid some controversy, 'the right to a self-defined sexuality' was split off and added as a preface to all the demands.

In 2020 we face the stark reality that not only are we still struggling to achieve several of the first 4 demands...but in what often is an anti-women, austerity climate, the list of rights and challenges faced by women continues to grow and some rights won are under threat..

50 Years On we ask the questions:

How Far Have We Come?

What does the Current Political Climate mean for Women?

Where do we go from here?

Deeds Not Words will host a number of events including a monthly feminist gathering and one off events to celebrate, remember and build...watch this space

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Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to record, preserve and raise awareness about women's social and political activism in Derbyshire. Shoulder to Shoulder events are funded by the Celebrating Votes for Women Fund

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