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An Archive of The Women’s Liberation Movement: a Document of Social & Legislative Change


This paper offers introduction to the material available to researchers in the recently launched ‘Sisterhood & After: an Oral History of the Women’s Liberation Movement’ archive at the British Library. Drawing from the archive’s oral history recordings, I demonstrate how they can be used to examine the ways that legislative changes are experienced and raise questions about the relation between legislative change, cultural change and the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM). The paper argues that these oral history recordings provide a unique opportunity to reflect on the ways that legislative and structural change were experienced by WLM activists in their everyday lives. Dr Polly Russell works as a Curator at The British Library where, among other things, she manages collections relating to women’s history. Polly was the British Library’s project lead for the 2010 - 2013 ‘Sisterhood & After: the Women’s Liberation Oral History Project’. Polly is currently managing a project to digitize and make freely available all issues of the feminist magazine ‘Spare Rib.’

Russell, Polly (2015) An Archive of The Women’s Liberation Movement: a Document of Social & Legislative Change. Legal Information Management, 15 (1). pp. 31-35. ISSN 1472-6696


Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-print of an article which will be published in a special issue of Legal Information Management in 2015. It has been developed by the author (Dr Polly Russell) from a paper she gave at “Law, Gender and Sexuality: sources and methods in socio-legal research” a national socio-legal training day held at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on Monday 19 May 2014. The workshop was jointly organised by the British Library, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.
Subjects: Law
Keywords: legal scholarship, law and gender, women and law, feminism, sexuality, sex and law, sex and discrimination, archives, Women's Liberation Movement
Divisions: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Collections: IALS Socio-legal research
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URI: http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/id/eprint/5843
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