It is difficult to capture the diversity and complexity of feminist activism from the 1970s to 1990s. The range of issues taken up during this era is vast; the number and variety of actions just as extensive. We lobbied governments, held rallies, set up women’s services, organized cross-country caravans, got arrested, started occupations, built alliances, and took to the streets. Campaigns for abortion and reproductive rights, childcare, equal pay, and ending violence against women were quickly joined by calls for equality on many other fronts. Heterosexism, racism, the status of Indigenous women, international solidarity, employment equity and non-traditional work, family and parental rights, healthcare, environmental issues, disability rights, feminist arts, women in sports…the list is far-reaching. Often organizations and coalitions played a key role in developing strategy, winning support, and co-ordinating activity around particular concerns. At other times, action was spontaneous, local in nature, or focused on specific incidents.
Here are some of the issues and actions from the 1970s to the 1990s. Clearly there is much more that could be part of this section and we welcome your suggestions and additional materials.