Feminism at Work

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1973-76 Forms of Action

Trips to Holland, leaving the church, self-exams, abortion film, sit-ins, hunger strikes, demonstrations, women’s seminars, songs, women’s festivals   Cover of the first issue of the Frauenzeitung. This women’s paper promoted communication among distant groups, and the editorial board rotated from one city to the next.   Iconography At the beginning, the logo of the[...]

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1974 Flying Lesbians, Feminist Festivals

Women’s festivals as rites of passage and initiation – an anthropological analysis by Cillie Rentmeister   Women’s festivals We (about one hundred) women from the Berlin women’s center were taking a big chance when we rented a hall for 2,000 people in April 1974. This would be our first public women’s party. Instead of listening[...]

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1974 Critical Review

Meeting minutes describe the weakness and perplexity of the Center women   Viewed from today’s perspective, the development of the new women’s movement seems consistent and easy to understand. A report[i] from the early days of the Berlin women’s center pinpointing the weaknesses of women’s center groups in those days, written by member Sibylle Weber,[...]

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1973 German Feminist Groups Report

The state of the women’s movement in February ’73 and ten months later: Contents, aims, issues/ Two reports provide insight into developments   West German women’s groups gathered for nationwide meetings in Munich in February 1973 and in Coburg during the winter holidays almost a year later. The minutes of the meetings show the state[...]

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1971 Bread and Roses

Elitist and effective   Some descriptions of the beginnings of the new women’s movement in Berlin give the false impression that one group developed out of another, for example the women’s center out of Bread and Roses. The head of Bread and Roses was Helke Sander. Having initiated the alternative nursery school (Kinderladen) movement and[...]

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Berlin goes feminist