From Mary Wollstonecraft to Women’s Liberation: 200 years of radical women 1790-1970
The course will take place at the Working Class Movement Library in the autumn of 2017 and the spring of 2018. Each part will last 10 weeks and may be taken independently. The cost of each part is £60.
Part 1 starting on 10 October, 11am to 1pm.
We begin with Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Women (1791), one of the earliest publications to challenge traditional views of women in society.
We will then go on to look at the role of women in the Luddites, Peterloo, the Owenite Feminists, Republicanism, atheism, Chartism, Socialism, and the long campaign to win Votes for Women which lasted from 1866 to 1928. Thre will be an opportunity to look at importbnat items in the WCML’s collection.
part 2 date to be announced
We will begin with women peace campaigners during the First World War, and then go on to women councillors in the 1920s, equal rights campaigns, women volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, women’s role in the Second World War, the fight for equal pay and the rise of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 1960s.