Feminist Consciousness-Raising

Consciousness-Raising (C-R) is a tool that the Women's Liberation Movement adopted from the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, where it was called "telling it like it is." In C-R, women answer a question using examples from their personal lives, then the group uses these personal testimonies to draw conclusions about the political root of women's so-called "personal" problems.

C-R is used to:

  • Collect and analyze data (e.g. women's life experiences
  • Get to the root of sexism--figure out who benefits and who pays
  • Understand that the pain and struggles in our lives are not our individual problems and we cannot solve them on our own
  • Take action (using C-R conclusions as the basis for our theory and strategy)


Learn How to Host Your Own CR Session

We have developed a toolkit to go over everything you need to know to host your own Consciousness Raising.

In this toolkit, you will receive guidance on how to host your own CR, sample CR questions, an example invitation e-mail, and a list of readings. We hope this toolkit and the readings will spark your ideas and allow us to expand our use of women’s experiences to develop activist theory. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you have about this toolkit or about hosting your own CR. Tell us if you’re planning to host! We’ll follow up afterwards to find out how things went.

Future of Freedom Movements: A lot is at stake in this election

election.statement.photoWhile voting in our system is not the powerful tool the Woman's Suffrage Movement hoped it would be, it's still an important tool of defense-especially this year for stopping Donald Trump. Trump threatens a century of gains for women's liberation, civil rights, and the labor movement.

We have to face that in the current unfair election system we have only two candidates who will be able to get into power. As Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter says, "I am not voting for candidates, I am voting for terrain."


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Please submit your testimony: How are you oppressed as a woman? How does sexism affect you?

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Blame the Rapists and Those Who Protect Them


By Kendra Vincent

From NWL News Spring 2013

This past spring, two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio were found guilty of raping a 16- year-old girl during a series of parties. The evidence against them included pictures and video circulated on social media sites, as well as eye-witness testimony from other teens who watched these outrageous acts, but did nothing to stop them.


A 60s Black Feminist Pioneer on the Rage We Feel Today

By Myrna Hill*, Redstockings

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Hundreds of protesters at a #BlackLivesMatter March on January 28, 2015, shut down a major campus intersection in Gainesville, FL. Photo by Yatrick Solanki. Action led by Dream Defenders.

When white cops are killing black people over and over on one pretext or another and not seriously being prosecuted for it—it is terrorism, the same as whites lynching blacks early in the 20th Century.  And in the same way, men use rape and domestic violence to terrorize women of all colors into staying in our places and shutting up.  They are essentially saying, "We can do this anytime we want, and you can't do anything to stop us, so you'd better bow your head and be subservient, if you know what's good for you."  Both are lessons to discourage the others.

These recent killings by the police do not intend for the destruction of only one black man; they are meant for all of us, which is why African Americans who are paying attention are so enraged.  These racist whites are always talking about terrorist threats from the Middle East, and how terrorists must be fought with endless war.  And all the while white supremacists and male supremacists have been committing or turning a blind eye to terrorism against their own citizens here in the U.S.  All in aid of maintaining their power and privilege without being confronted by challengers to it.

* Myrna Hill is a member of Redstockings. She has a long history of radical political engagement, including work in the Brooklyn African Teachers Association, the Black Anti-Draft Union and the Young Socialist Alliance, the youth group of the Socialist Workers Party.  After attending a Redstockings meeting in 1969, she was “instantly hooked.” In 1970, along with SNCC’s Fran Beal, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Maxine Williams, Hill led the Third World Women’s Alliance, a pioneering women of color feminist group.

SLUTS & PRUDES - What's Behind It?

photo via community.sparknotes.com 


By Amy Coenen

From NWL News Spring 2013

In April 2012, Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut” because the Georgetown University law student testified before Congress about the high cost of contraception and the need for free, accessible birth control. That same spring, Gainesville women were heckled as “sluts” and “whores” when they confronted former U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns about his attacks on Planned Parenthood and contraception.  And recent news has focused on a teenage girl in Steubenville, Ohio who was sexually assaulted by members of the high school football team with much of the community blaming the rape victim for putting herself in a position to be violated.


Bushes: Approval Ratings

By Kelly Mangan


There's a topic of great social and political importance that's been on my mind lately... crotches. Specifically, my crotch. More specifically, whether or not to shave my crotch.


After several months of dating and never giving much thought to my fuzzy-friend-to-the-south, I was surprised to hear another single woman I know struggling with the question of whether or not to shave her nether-region. She felt that it was expected of women, and was worried that men would find her hair repulsive.



I’m more than a Mom, a Wife and an Employee

By Candi Churchill

This is an edited version of a talk given at an event organized by Rad Dad author Tomas Moniz, June 2012 at the Civic Media Center in Gainesville, FL.
All this talk about this way or that way to shoot the baby out of the canal. Epidural or no epidural? Are you going “natural” or are you going to allow “interventions?” Sleep training? Attachment parenting? Cry it out? Breast? Bottle? Both? There are a lot of ways to have a family and raise a child and in the end, most kids are going to be loved and provided for (we hope). But what about what happens to us? There’s not a lot of talk about how hard it is to readjust to your new life.
When I had my baby, my life changed forever. Sure it changed for the better in many ways. I wouldn’t trade him for the world. My heart stretched in ways I never knew possible. I love his laugh. I love his kisses. He’s amazing. But it is extremely hard and I feel some days that I’ve lost myself. I didn’t expect that.