Virago Women
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Synopsis
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.

Duration
1 x 60'
Definition
HD
Genre
Arts
Subgenre
Factual
Producer
What Larks! Productions
Production Year
2016