The Chicago Women’s Liberation Union (CWLU) was the main women’s liberation organization in Chicago during the ‘second wave’ of feminism in the 1970s. The CWLU was formed October 31, 1969. It was the first and largest of the women’s liberation unions formed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. On this website we provide information on the history of the organization and its contribution to the sweeping changes that occurred in that period. We have analytic articles looking at the organizing, theory and strategy of CWLU. We have links to original material published by the CWLU.
The story of CWLU has never been fully told. This site is an effort to start telling that story. Along with cwluherstory.org it provides resources to women’s studies programs, students and feminist activists. We hope you’ll explore the pages here. When it disbanded in 1977, a committee was formed to close the office. It was responsible for ensuring that the files of CWLU were donated to the Chicago Historical Society (now the Chicago History Museum.) Additionally, files of individual members are included in the archives at the Northwestern University Library in Evanston, IL. Those resources have been used to develop the material on this site.