The women's liberation movement in Scotland

By Sarah Browne

The women's liberation movement in Scotland


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1665-9
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: February 2017
  • BIC Category: History, History & Archaeology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory, HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century, Feminism & Feminist Theory, Humanities / Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000
  • Series: Gender in History


This first book-length account of the women's liberation movement in Scotland, uses documentary evidence and oral testimony to chart the origins and development of this important social movement. It reveals the inventiveness and fearlessness of feminist activism, while also pointing towards the importance of considering the movement from grassroots perspectives, presenting a more optimistic account of this enduring legacy.

It not only uncovers the reach of the WLM but also considers what women's liberation can tell us about the ways in which the development of the movement has been portrayed. Previous accounts have tended to equate the fragmentation of the movement with weakness and decline. This book challenges this conclusion, arguing that fragmentation led to a diffusion of feminist ideas into wider society. In the Scottish context, it led to a lively and flourishing feminist culture where activists highlighted important issues.


'Sarah Browne's new book is a significant addition to a growing body of work reassessing and redefining the history of female activism and the women's movement in twentieth-century Britain. For the first time Browne provides a detailed and meticulously researched account of the origins, growth and campaigning activities of the Women's Liberation Movement (WLM) in Scotland.'
Caitríona Beaumont, London South Bank University, Northern Scotland


1. The women's liberation movement in context
2. The women of the movement
3. Finding their anger in consciousness-raising
4. Women's liberation in the local context
5. Building a network
6. Abortion: a woman's right to choose
7. Violence against women


Sarah Browne is an Independent Scholar

The women's liberation movement in Scotland

By Sarah Browne

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