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d wave of feminism rolled out…

t literature, but that progress was hard fought and hard earned

1968 In June, the Ford Machinist’s Strike in Dagenham makes the headlines. After brokering a deal with the strikers, MP Barbara Castle becomes First Secretary of State.

1969 Frances Beal’s Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female is published in the US.

1970 Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch is published, arguing that the ‘traditional’ role of the female in a suburban, nuclear family represses women sexually.

1972 The feminist magazine Spare Rib releases its first issue (pictured).

Sex, Gender and Society, by Ann Oakley, is published.

1976 The Domestic Violence and Matrimonial Proceedings Act allows women to obtain a court order against violent husbands, without first going through divorce or separation.

The Grunwick Film Processing Lab strike begins.

1975 The Employment Protection Act and the Sex Discrimination Act are passed in the UK. These make discrimination on the grounds of gender, marriage or pregnancy unlawful and introduce statutory maternity leave.

1974 National Women’s Aid (today known as Women’s Aid) is established in England to coordinate all of the women’s refuges and shelters across the nation.

1973 The Rape Crisis Network is founded in England and Wales (pictured); it is extended to Scotland in 1976.

Brixton Black Women’s Group is formed.

1987 Diane Abbott is elected MP of Hackney North and Stoke Newington, becoming the first black woman to gain a seat in the House of Commons.

1988 The first woman wins a case under the amended Equal Pay Act.

1991 Rape within marriage is criminalised in England and Wales.

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