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Freedom of Opportunity - International Women's Year 1975

1994.0036.0056

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Collection

Dimensions

W 320mm x H 508mm x D 1mm

Material

Physical Description

Glossy silver poster featuring a silhouette of a woman sitting cross-legged on a folding chair in front of a rainbow that spans drawings of domestic dwellings at one end and office-industrial buildings at the other. The poster is titled "Freedom of Opportunity - International Women's Year 1975".

Statement of Significance

The collection consists of a large number of items, including stickers, badges, posters and t-shirts, collected during the early 1970s relating to International Women's Year and Women's Electoral Lobby activities. The collection covers a fairly wide spectrum of organisations and activities associated with the women's movement in the early 1970s and shows links with other countries which had similar movements, including Canada and New Zealand.

The women's liberation or feminist movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s differed from the 'first wave' feminists of the late nineteenth century, who mainly campaigned for women's suffrage and enhanced roles for women's domestic and familial roles. The later feminist movement involved a large and vociferous group of women who were determined to extend women's choices and rights, and who aimed to change women's social, economic and political roles. They demanded equality in employment, income and education, access to childcare and control over their own bodies through safe abortion and contraception. Various items in this collection symbolise the issues and concerns of the women's movement at this time, including badges on abortion and posters advertising women's liberation marches.

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