Book Review: Browne, Sarah, The Women’s Liberation Movement in Scotland. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014, xi + 217pp, pb, ISBN: 978-1-5261-1665-9.

Maddie Breeze

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The first book-length account of the Women's Liberation Movement (WLM) in 1970s Scotland sets out to counter a prevailing view that women's liberation was ‘a movement of the [English] metropolis’ (p. 1). As such, Browne demonstrates the importance of setting the feminist activism and organizing of the 1970s in more local and grassroots context, and of complicating understandings of ‘division’ and ‘fragmentation’ of the WLM. The book presents an original analysis of documentary sources and twenty-nine oral history interviews to explore how the diversification of the WLM in Scotland, for instance in ‘single issue’ campaigns on abortion and violence against women (VAW), fostered an expansion of feminist activism and organizing that lasted the full length of the decade and beyond. As such the book will be of use to those who study social and political movements, and anyone with an interest in women's history and feminist activism, as well as to historians of twentieth century Scotland more broadly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116–119
Number of pages4
JournalScottish Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2019


  • womens liberation movement
  • diversification
  • womens liberation politics

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