How a publishing house provided a voice to a generation of women
Despite the ‘free-love’ mantra and alternative culture that seemed
to typify the 1960s, many women found that their lives and expectations had
barely altered. But, by the 1970s, the Women’s Liberation Movement was causing seismic
shifts in the march of the world’s events and women’s creativity and political
consciousness was soon to transform everything - including the face of
publishing and literature. In 1973 a group of women got together and formed
Virago Press; an imprint, they said, for 52 percent of the population. These
women were determined to make change - and they would start by giving women a
voice, by giving them back their history and reclaiming women’s literature.
Patronized and welcomed, criticized and praised, these women published books
that showed the world how they saw it. They took out loans and invested their
own money into the company, trusting and believing they could change lives
through books… novels, nonfiction and polemics. It is a story that continues today,
over 40 years later, as a new generation of young feminists find their voice.
This new documentary details the fascinating account of a determined group of
women from 1973 to today: writers and readers who fuelled a revolution in how
the world sees women and how women see themselves.