Second Wave Feminism | The campaign for women's rights in the 1970s
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 05 May 1978
DURATION | 17 minutes 18 seconds
John Timpson meets students and academics in Cambridge, workers in a shirt factory and some former suffragettes to discover how near to equality we really are. Interviews with Germaine Greer and some passionate female students show that, while opposition to feminism abounds in all walks of life, many women are still prepared to take on the fight.
The academic John Casey, who expresses his reservations about feminism in this programme, was involved in a controversy in the early 1990s after the rediscovery of an article he wrote in the 'Salisbury Review' in 1982 advocating the repatriation of people from the West Indies. Casey stated that he had come to repudiate such views and claimed that the reaction by students, which included boycotting his lectures, was an example of political correctness.
Do female students prefer feminism to femininity?
'Have women really won equality?'
The 'Pussy Cat' women demonstrate how to be feminine again.
Will women's work always be underpaid and under-appreciated?
'The obvious first question is: liberation from what?'
It's more about changing the recipe of the cake than getting an equal slice.
'Unaccompanied women' cannot be served coffee here.
Austin Mitchell investigates the issue of women's employment rights.
The story of the struggle for women's rights.
Traditional and progressive views on women and work.
The political divide within feminism.
Germaine Greer considers the impact of an International Year for Women.
Ludovic Kennedy chairs a discussion on an historic day for women in Britain.
Surely the battle for women's liberation is now won?
Fifty years after women got the vote, how much has feminism really achieved?
Questioning the myths and realities of a woman's role in society.
Down with feminism!
An article in an Oxford University newspaper sparks controversy.
The story of one woman's personal campaign for equality.
'Everybody in our society, and in all societies, is woman-hating.'
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