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Second Wave Feminism | The campaign for women's rights in the 1970s

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The 1960s may have brought the pill and the sexual revolution but as the 1970s dawned equality of the sexes was still a long way off. Women could be paid less than a man for doing the same job, posts were advertised by gender and 'sexual harassment' was an unknown term.

No wonder then that the 1970s saw the self-titled second wave feminists motivated to abolish sexism wherever they found it. This collection of television and radio programmes remembers some of the major feminist thinkers of those years and highlights the issues they addressed and attitudes they contested.

Second Wave Feminism Collection

close-up on girl's face.

Tonight

Equality at Cambridge University

BROADCAST 1963
6 MINUTES

Do female students prefer feminism to femininity?

Front doors of Georgian houses.

Six Sides of a Square

4: A Woman's World

BROADCAST 1966
30 MINUTES

'Have women really won equality?'

A husband relaxes after a hard days' work.

Nationwide

Pussy Cat Club

BROADCAST 1970
5 MINUTES

The 'Pussy Cat' women demonstrate how to be feminine again.

Woman at Wages for Housework campaign stall.

People for Tomorrow

Selma James: Our Time Is Coming

BROADCAST 1971
30 MINUTES

Will women's work always be underpaid and under-appreciated?

Reporter Ian McIntyre.

Analysis

Sisterhood is Powerful

BROADCAST 1971
39 MINUTES

'The obvious first question is: liberation from what?'

Kate Millett.

PM

Kate Millett

BROADCAST 1971
4 MINUTES

It's more about changing the recipe of the cake than getting an equal slice.

A coffee cup.

Nationwide

Coffee Bar ban on women

BROADCAST 1971
4 MINUTES

'Unaccompanied women' cannot be served coffee here.

close-up on woman's face.

Midweek

Sex Discrimination Law

BROADCAST 1972
4 MINUTES

Austin Mitchell investigates the issue of women's employment rights.

An anti-Miss World protester.

The Long March of Everywoman

BROADCAST 1973
60 MINUTES

The story of the struggle for women's rights.

Close-up of woman on phone.

Women at Work

The Lesser Half

BROADCAST 1974
24 MINUTES

Traditional and progressive views on women and work.

Sally Oppenheim.

Argument

Women's Rights: Radical Change

BROADCAST 1974
25 MINUTES

The political divide within feminism.

Germaine Greer.

Newsday

Germaine Greer

BROADCAST 1975
11 MINUTES

Germaine Greer considers the impact of an International Year for Women.

Close up of old woman's face.

Women: Which Way Now?

Why Should a Woman Be Like a Man?

BROADCAST 1975
37 MINUTES

Ludovic Kennedy chairs a discussion on an historic day for women in Britain.

Betty Friedan.

Start the Week

Betty Friedan

BROADCAST 1977
12 MINUTES

Surely the battle for women's liberation is now won?

woman with poster on a protest march.

Tonight

Feminism After 50 Years of Suffrage

BROADCAST 1978
17 MINUTES

Fifty years after women got the vote, how much has feminism really achieved?

A builder working on scaffolding.

A Woman's Place?

1: A Man's World

BROADCAST 1978
25 MINUTES

Questioning the myths and realities of a woman's role in society.

The words 'Open Door' inside a door-like frame.

Open Door

In Praise of Femininity and the Feminine Woman

BROADCAST 1978
30 MINUTES

Down with feminism!

The Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Nationwide

Cherwell Headline - Could You Rape This Woman?

BROADCAST 1980
6 MINUTES

An article in an Oxford University newspaper sparks controversy.

Close-up of a woman's face.

Voices from the Doll's House

Bella the Welder

BROADCAST 1989
9 MINUTES

The story of one woman's personal campaign for equality.

Marilyn French.

Woman's Hour

Marilyn French

BROADCAST 1992
8 MINUTES

'Everybody in our society, and in all societies, is woman-hating.'

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