Documents from the Women’s Liberation Movement

I’ve always had a strong interest in second-wave radical feminism- the work of feminists like Shulamith Firestone, Anne Koedt, and Ellen Willis have a special place both in my heart and my bookshelf. While I certainly recognize the problems inherent in the movement, in particular its confinement to the experiences of middle-class white, heterosexual women, I have taken much inspiration over the years from this passionate, transgressive feminist movement.

As such, I am really excited about Duke University’s Documents from the Women’s Liberation Movement online archival collection. The documents in the collection focus primarily on the late 1960s and early 1970s, and according to the site range from “radical theoretical writings to humorous plays to the minutes of an actual grassroots group.” 

The collection is divided up into eight different subject areas, including Music, Women of Color, and Socialist Feminism. The online collection is also searchable by keyword, and includes links to related websites.

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