10.17.15 - Roots of the Women's Liberation Movement in the Civil Rights Movement


From the left, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) workers Doris Rutledge, Gene Pinkston, Judith Benninger (Brown), and Ira Simmons, Gadsden County, Florida, August 1964.

Saturday, October 17, 2pm-5pm 

Location: To Be Determined

This workshop is for women to learn about the roots of the Women's Liberation Movement in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements—and how this history can be used today.

  • What were the positive lessons that gave women the tools to attack male supremacy?
  • How did Black women lead in the Women’s Liberation Movement and why is this not known?
  • What did Black organizers tell white women that caused them to organize for Women’s Liberation?

Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot and so that we can email you the readings in advance.  Space is limited so be sure to email and reserve your spot today.

A $10 donation will be requested at the workshop.

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With the growing movement against racist police murders and the rise of Black Lives Matter, we think it's a good moment to correct the myths about the history of Women’s Liberation and Black Liberation, and study the lessons from this vital relationship for our organizing now.

Instructor: Jenny Brown has been organizing for Women’s Liberation for 25 years, with Gainesville (Florida) Women’s Liberation, Redstockings, and National Women’s Liberation.  She is co-author of the Redstockings book Women’s Liberation and National Health Care: Confronting the Myth of America, and an author of Labor Notes book How to Jump-Start Your Union: Lessons from the Chicago Teachers.

This workshop is originally part of the 10-week class, Building Women's Liberation Now: Gems from the 60s and 70s for Activist Use Today, we offered last year in cooperation with Redstockings (www.redstockings.org).  Please let us know if you would be interested in taking the 10-week class--we will offer it again if there is enough interest.