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Rolling our own!  Feminist Magazines and Women’s Liberation with Liberating Histories

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST

From Spare Rib to Red Rag to Shocking Pink, activist periodicals of the 1970s-80s powered, connected and sustained the UK Women’s Liberation Movement. As the socialist-feminist magazine Scarlet Women put it in 1977: ‘political power grows out of the barrel of a duplicator!’

In this workshop, we’ll explore May Day’s extensive holdings of feminist magazines from the 1970s-80s and discuss the symbiotic relationship between activist media and political movement.

There will also be an introduction to digital resources including the Feminist Periodicals Guide created by the Liberating Histories project, and the Spare Rib map.


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Eleanor Careless is the Research Fellow for Liberating Histories. She is currently working on her first monograph, Serve your own sentences: Incarceration in the Poetry of Anna Mendelssohn (Bloomsbury), and a co-authored monograph, Feminist Periodicals, the Women’s Movement and Networks of Feeling, 1968-Today (with Victoria Bazin and Melanie Waters; EUP).

Liberating Histories: Women’s Movement Magazines, Media Activism and Periodical Pedagogies is a project funded by the AHRC and based at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. You find out more about the project at liberatinghistories.org, or on X @LibHistories or on Instagram @LiberatingHistories.

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