For a few years in the late 1970s Parliament Street was home to WIRES, the national information sheet of the Women’s Liberation Movement. There was a Women’s Centre on Holgate Road. Women in Black have stood silent protesting war near the fountain. York had a consciousness-raising group (and maybe even more than one…?). And Guppy’s regularly hosted lesbian discos. Over the years York has been home to feminist theory courses at both universities, a lesbian bookshop called Libertas, York Lesbian Arts Fair and is currently home to the Centre for Women’s Studies, Raw Nerve, a feminist publisher and York Women’s Aid.
And, of course, feminism happens all the time in York in less organized ways…through disputing a sexist joke or in a 100 other ways.
If you have memories, stories, posters or badges of York feminisms past – however you define ‘feminism’ and no matter how recently or long ago – come along and share them as part of York International Women’s Week and York’s Alternative History.
Telling Feminist Stories
St Clements Hall
Saturday 10th March
In keep with the autonomous politics of much the activism we will be discussing the Telling Feminist Stories meeting will be women only. However, York’s Alternative History is also very keen to reflect traditions of feminist activism which have chosen to organize in other ways, whether that be men and women working together, third wave feminism or queer feminism. If you would like initiate these types of discussions it would be wonderful to hear from you.
For those who would like to contribute anything to York’s Alternative History online archive we will have a scanner at the event.
Just turn up or for further details contact Helen Graham on firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Potts on email@example.com