Ruskin is holding a special event on Saturday 22 February to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Women’s Liberation Movement.
In February 1970, Ruskin College students organised the first, large-scale gathering of the Women’s Liberation Movement. The conference, held at Ruskin College, set in motion a re-shaping of the landscape for women’s rights and a struggle for gender equality across the world that continues today.
In the 1970s they outlined seven key demands:
This event – 50 years on – will be an opportunity to reflect on how far the movement has come and where it can go from here.
Topics for debate
50 Years On : How Far Have We Come?
What does the Current Political Climate mean for Women?
Reeta Chakrabarti, BBC journalist and presenter (Chair)
Melissa Benn, journalist and political activist
Nicola Kemp, Managing Editor, BITE, journalist and activist
Hilary Wainwright, sociologist, political activist and editor of Red Pepper magazine
Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director at The Equality Trust
Roberta Hunter-Henderson, feminist campaigner and original member of the Women’s Liberation Movement
Kellie O’Dowd, feminist activist and researcher
Jenny Fortune, 1970 Miss World protester and feminist campaigner
and more to be confirmed
Outline timetable for the day
2.00pm – Guests arrive
Foyer exhibition of feminist memorabilia of the last 50 years
Refreshments (tea/coffee) from 2pm, available all afternoon
2.30pm – Take seats
Short film of Women’s Liberation Meeting of 1970, ‘A Woman’s Place’, while guests are seated
3.00pm – Welcome and introduction of Chair and Panel, first Q&A session
Questions from audience on the topic 50 years on: How far have we come? discussing the original seven demands of the WLM
4.00pm – Break for refreshments
4.15pm – Second Q&A session
Questions from audience on the topic What does the current political climate mean for women?
5.00pm – Buffet and musical entertainment
Recent changes to GDPR regulations require us to inform you that the event will be recorded. It is our intention to keep the film for our own archives, and for possible future Ruskin College publicity materials.