ORGANIZING, ACTIVISM, AND OUTREACH

EMPOWERING WOMEN AS INDIVIDUALS AND COLLECTIVELY
By Christine Riddiough
Abstract
The Chicago Women’s Liberation Union was formed in 1969 and played a leading role in the women’s liberation movement in Chicago during much of the 1970s. Throughout its history the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union concentrated on organizing women to achieve liberation. Not limited to legal equality, the CWLU envisioned a society free of sexism in education, the family, the media, employment, health care, and all areas of social life. CWLU organizing was done with a clear focus on both strategy and theory.
Organizing, activism, and outreach drove the work of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union throughout its existence. The activism of CWLU was not directed simply to doing something for the sake of being active, rather it was guided by an understanding of the need to recognize, understand, and combat sexism, and as a necessary part of this, to empower women as individuals and collectively.

Organizing, activism, and outreach drove the work of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union throughout its existence. The activism of CWLU was not directed simply to doing something for the sake of being active, rather it was guided by an understanding of the need to recognize, understand, and combat sexism, and as a necessary part of this, to empower women as individuals and collectively.

The full paper is available at Organizing and Activism. Additional papers on specific projects are available at http://www.cwlu.org.