Explore the campaigns of second wave feminism.
The thousand plus posters in the Feminist Library historic ephemera collection (housed at the Bishopsgate Institute) demonstrate the wide range of activities and issues that the Women’s Liberation Movement was involved in between the late 1960s and the early 1990s.
This period is sometimes also referred to as Second Wave Feminism.
Feminists occupied South London Women Hospital to campaign against its closure.
By this time, it was the only hospital in Britain run exclusively by women and for women, as the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital had been absorbed into University College Hospital and was no longer for women only. There had been some other women's hospitals in earlier times but they were long gone.
And women's studies emerged to ensure the history of the women's movement, and inspiring women from the past, would be remembered, celebrated, and their work carried forwards.
The Feminist Library has carried on this tradition by launching Women's Studies Without Walls, where women can learn and share skills and experience outside the Academy.
The Feminist Library designed this badge at the time of Margaret Thatcher's death, to highlight her anti-women policies without using sexist imagery to attack her.
Although she was the UK's first female prime minister, most second wave feminists rejected Margaret Thatcher as 'not my sister', because of the harm her government did to vulnerable communities and women's rights.
This prescient badge, from the early 1980s, refers to the forthcoming (and ill-fated) marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
The badge was connected with the campaign within the Women's Liberation Movement for women's financial and legal independence - which also produced the very popular Y B A Wife slogan
Second wave feminists took part in many, many campaigns, and fought on a wide range of issues affecting women and marginalised communities globally – as this tiny selection of posters and badges shows.
There are several hundred more in the Feminist Library, which has been archiving feminist history since 1975.
Many of the badges in our collection were collected by Astra Blaug, feminist author, artist, and activist, whose archive was donated to us on her death in 2015.