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Spare Rib, no.70, May 1978 and no.73, August 1978

UCL SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LITTLE MAGAZINES SPA

Spare Rib is generally regarded as the mouthpiece of the Women's Liberation movement of the 1970s and 80s, and illustrates the transformation of women's roles in society throughout these decades. Whereas many women's magazines of the period would have concentrated on beauty and domestic themes, Spare Rib sought to confront stereotypical roles and highlight the challenges faced by women. Its articles provided advice, commentaries on social issues and features on feminist history. The issues shown here date from 1978 and include pieces directly related to the suffrage movement: a short story by Evelyn Sharp (author, journalist and key figure in the Women's Social and Political Union) and a special issue looking back at the progress (or otherwise) made since the introduction of the 'Flapper Vote' in 1928, when women under 30 were finally enfranchised.

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