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Remembering United Nations’ “Women’s Year” – 1975

March 8, 2016



Today is International Women’s Day.  Yay. Which, in turn, reminds me of my earliest memory of any kind of internationally sanctioned feminist organisation – United Nation’s Women’s Year – 1975.  Growing up, the main way that this global event impacted upon our neighbourhood is that a feminist craft shop called No Man’s Hand opened up in the middle of Ealing.  Now things that happen in Ealing get to be on TV, particularly if they happen in Ealing in the 1970s.  The old Ealing Studios were under BBC control and when the BBC wanted to film suburban life without wasting petrol, they tended to film it in Ealing.  So it was, that No Man’s Land appeared on Nationwide that year and provoked much discussion.

The shop itself was right next to my school.  It was half underground and reached by a narrow staircase down into a basement from street level.  It was subterranean…

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