Women’s Liberation Movement @ 40 – Reflections

// 18 March 2010


Photo of the Women Against Fundamentalism panel by helen.2006 used with a creative commons licence

On 12-13th March I attended the Women’s Liberation Movement @ 40 conference held at Ruskin College, Oxford; the site of the original conference in 1970 at which several of the WLM’s original demands were developed.

It was a really interesting couple of days. Along with wearing my fingers down to stubs by obsessively live tweeting the conference for those who couldn’t make it, I enjoyed listening to various thought-provoking and challenging talks by various academic and activist feminists (although of course the two aren’t mutually exclusive!).

There was a good mix of ages and a pretty positive atmosphere, although many attendees were concerned that some people couldn’t attend as they couldn’t afford the conference fee; a problem not just for this conference but all similar events held in Universities nowadays. Whilst subsidised childcare was offered, some were worried that mothers would not be able to attend, although others raised their hands and said “we’re here!”.

Whilst there would be a lot of interesting points to pick up on and so much to report, I’m not going to attempt to review every session. Instead I’ll just mention a few general points and impressions from my personal perspective.

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Comments have been left open on this blog post. Did you attend? Feel free to share your thoughts on this conference.

Comments From You

sianmarie // Posted 19 March 2010 at 10:10 am

i was unable to go to the conference as i was on holiday but my colleagues at Bristol Feminist Network presented – a huge well done to everyone involved.

andieberry // Posted 21 March 2010 at 10:25 pm

As a member of the crew at the event and a relative NOOB at events/conferences, i personally felt that the conference was vibrant and informative.Informative with new discourses such as the career feminists in India (as Catherine pointed out)and mapping feminist issues via digital tools (i only got a chance to duck into a few sessions).Overidding the `academic `stuff however was the chance to listen to second wavers talking about how they felt back in the day, the unity as well as the struggle to be seen as individuals…i could definitly see the overlapping of the second and third wave and it made me understand that all this divison between the waves is truly bullshit.

The highlight for me was listening Beatrix Campbell ,in so far as the start of her talk ,in which she stated that she needed convincing that the women’s movement was worthy and something she could be a part of .Sounds naff, but that spoke volumes to me.

Thanks to everyone who attended for making this a great event..and hopefully not the last

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