Book review; See Red Women’s Workshop Feminist Posters 1974-1990

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Activists today could learn a lot from the history of the See Red  Women’s Workshop. In this new book  which documents the life of the collective 1974-90, they provide some important lessons for all of us in how you get beyond the usual left/middleclass way of politics, and reach out to the average person, in this case women, to help them to acquire skills, work together in a non-hierarchical way, and produce some of the best political art of the last 40 years.

Their influence has been incredible. If you worked in the youth service in the 70s/80s you may well have seen their posters in youth centres or schools. If you were involved in a women’s group or went to a women’s conference again you would be aware of their artwork on the walls or being sold in stalls at the back of the hall. And it was a…

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