Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights in Norfolk

Unfinished Business:
The Fight for Women’s Rights in Norfolk

The fight for women’s rights is unfinished business. From bodily autonomy and the right to education, to self-expression and protest, the British Library’s Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights exhibition explores how feminist activism in the UK today has its roots in the complex history of women’s rights.

This online exhibition shows Norfolk’s role in the long struggle for equality for women. Be inspired by the Norfolk women who were at the forefront of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1970s and 80s and learn more about national and international feminist campaigns. It was during the 1970s that work started to uncover the hidden histories of British women, and with pioneering books like Sheila Rowbotham’s Hidden from History (1973) research became an important expression of feminism. Discover here the stories behind Rosie’s Plaques – the handmade unofficial blue plaques celebrating local historic women which appeared on the streets of Norwich in 2019 – and find out more about the Norfolk Women of History who shaped this county.

The posters and photographs featured in this online exhibition are from the collections of Norfolk Heritage Centre, unless stated otherwise. Norfolk Library and Information Service is proud to be part of the British Library’s Living Knowledge network.