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Feminism, the family and motherhood


As well as the items identified below, additional documents relating to aspects of feminism, the family and motherhood can be found through searches of our online catalogue. Newsletters and journals produced by feminist groups may also include relevant articles which are not identified by title in the catalogue, but which can be found by physically looking through the publications.

= This symbol after a link means that it links to catalogue descriptions of the documents (including the reference numbers which will help you to order up the original documents at the MRC).

All of the material listed below is in copyright, so in most cases we are unable to publish digital copies online. Researchers are welcome to look at the original documents in the MRC reading room.

Selected sources:

Mothers in Action, 1968-1973Link opens in a new window

Campaign material produced by a pressure group which worked on behalf of single mothers, including some copies of newsletters and bulletins, and the 1972 'Working Mothers' Charter'.

'Any Questions', 1971Link opens in a new window 

Transcript of an edition of the BBC radio programme. The panel are asked to respond to the question "As women become more liberated, does the panel think that marriage and family life as we know it will last into the twenty first century?"

'Motherhood as a Career' by Margaret Belsen, 1973Link opens in a new window 

Text of talk given to the conference of National Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital, presenting a more traditional view of motherhood.

'Shrew', Autumn 1974Link opens in a new window

Feminist magazine - this edition focuses on the issue of marriage.

'Sappho', vol.4, no.12, 1976Link opens in a new window

"The only lesbian magazine in Europe". Includes a short article on 'Lesbian parents'.

'Moral panics and Victorian values: Women and the family in Thatcher's Britain', 1985Link opens in a new window 

Pamphlet by Kate Marshall, published by the Revolutionary Communist Party (a Trotskyist group).


Why Be A Wife Campaign leaflet

Leaflet produced by the Why Be A Wife Campaign, [1981], included in the 'Miscellaneous Collection'Link opens in a new window.