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Celebrating International Women’s Day

11 March 2008
Among the many events staged to mark International Women’s Day last week was the Capital Woman conference in London. The highlight of the event was a speech by the black revolutionary Angela Davis.

The struggles and retreats of the 1980s

11 March 2008
By the late 1970s the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) was in decline on both sides of the Atlantic.

Labour allows ‘free vote’ on abortion time limit

04 March 2008
Attacks on abortion rights are set to continue as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill heads back to the House of Commons.

The rising women's liberation movement in the radical 1960s

04 March 2008
It is hard to imagine just how different the world was for women before the 1960s.

Protests at anti-abortion meetings

19 February 2008
There were two lively protests against Tory MP Ann Widdecombe’s anti-abortion tour last week.

London protest stands up to anti-abortion bigots

12 February 2008
Around 400 pro-choice protesters staged a loud and lively picket of Tory MP Ann Widdecombe’s anti-abortion meeting in London on Wednesday of last week.

400 picket Ann Widdecombe's London anti-abortion meeting

07 February 2008
Around 400 pro-choice protesters staged a loud and lively picket of Tory MP Ann Widdecombe’s anti-abortion meeting in London yesterday. She is speaking around Britain on her "Passion for Life" tour – which focuses on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill currently in parliament.

How women won the vote in Britain

05 February 2008
On 6 February 1918 women in Britain first got the vote. Ninety years later, it is useful to consider the lessons of this struggle.

Juno: a pregnancy dilemma that’s too easy to solve

05 February 2008
Juno is a 16 year old who falls pregnant after deciding to lose her virginity. She is then faced with the choice of keeping the baby, having an abortion or giving it up for adoption.

Pro-choice activists demonstrate against Ann Widdecombe in Glasgow

29 January 2008
In light of anticipated attacks on the Abortion Act of 1967 and an imminent visit from Ann Widdecombe to our university union as part of her "Passion For Life" tour, we organised a public meeting on Abortion: A Woman’s Right to Choose. Over 30 people turned up and out of this we built a picket of well over 100 to protest against the Widdecombe meeting.

Abortion rights: protests defend right to choose

29 January 2008
Campaigners in Glasgow gave the campaign to defend abortion rights a fantastic boost last week with a young and lively protest against Tory MP Ann Widdecombe.

The dates of Ann Widdecombe's anti-abortion speaking tour

29 January 2008

Bigots’ anti-abortion tour faces tough opposition

22 January 2008
Tory MP Ann Widdecombe is set to take part in an anti-abortion speaking tour across Britain in an effort to marshal opponents of a woman’s right to choose. She will face strong opposition everywhere she goes.

Simone de Beauvoir: fighting for change

22 January 2008
This month marks the centenary of the birth of Simone de Beauvoir, the French writer and philosopher. She is best known for her feminist classic The Second Sex and her famous declaration, "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman."

Fighting for abortion rights

15 January 2008
Abortion rights campaigners are preparing to resist any attempts to restrict a woman’s right to choose. Amendments to the government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill threaten to restrict abortion rights for women in Britain.

Sinners, Scroungers, Saints: Lone Mothers Past And Present

17 December 2007
Single mothers are for many one of the last acceptable scapegoats for society’s ills. They are blamed for everything from hogging council flats to creating "yob culture", and frequently portrayed as a morally degenerate and selfish group that we would all be better off without.

Lords attempt to restrict abortion

11 December 2007
The first shots in a battle to roll back women’s rights to abortion have been fired in the House of Lords.

Crucial battle to defend women’s abortion rights

27 November 2007
A new fight to defend abortion rights has begun.

Mobilise to defend abortion rights

20 November 2007
The Human Tissue and Embryology Bill had its second reading in the House of Lords on Monday of this week. The bill has opened up the possibility of the law on abortion being amend.

Oppression lies behind the low rape conviction rates

20 November 2007
Tory leader David Cameron last week used the low conviction rate for rape as an excuse to condemn the "moral collapse" of British society. This is the latest way that Cameron has tried to tap into a feeling of social crisis.

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