When we are not seen, heard or recognised

By speaking out, we expose inequalities and increase mutual understanding to fight discrimination and stigma.

The majority of the objects are by activists which articulate the multiple inequalities that women face.

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Crones zine by Rachael House 2016

This zine celebrates older women working in creative roles and challenges negative images of female ageing.

Crone is the word for an old, ugly woman but feminists have been using it as a proud descriptive. The word comes from the Greek chroniosor long-lasting.

Crones, zine by Rachael House, 2016

I Am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities by Audre Lorde 1985

This booklet contains a speech given by Audre Lorde. Lorde described herself as ‘black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet’. In the speech, she says,

“Black Lesbians bear children in exactly the same way other women bear children, and a Lesbian household is simply another kind of family…just as racist stereotypes are the problem of white people who believe them, so also are homophobic stereotypes the problem of heterosexuals who believe them…I am a Black Lesbian and I am your sister.”

The Lesbian Avengers, Manifesto and Action Poster by Carrie Moyer 1993

The Lesbian Avengers focused on ‘issues vital to lesbian survival and visibility' using direct action, activism and powerful graphic design. This poster was part of the fight against anti-lesbian political campaigns and homophobia in the USA. The Lesbian Avengers is an intersectional lesbian activist group finding common ground between women. A Glasgow chapter was set up in 1995.

Essay 'Women's Oppression and Class' by Gabriele Dietrich 1978

Nine women from nine countries met at the ‘Christian Conference of Asia to 'look at the issues which fall under the category of the struggle for human dignity in Asia with special attention on women'.

The women explored inequality experienced by Asian women - sexism, poor self-image, oppression by the church, roles within marriage and family and motherhood, oppression of single women, oppression between women, class background and prostitution, violence and sexual exploitation.

Women in Asia, Status and Image, 1978

Dykes Disability and Stuff, Disabled Womyn's Educational Project 1992

In a short story highlighted on the front cover of the magazine, Kathy Younger explores how disabled women have been gradually excluded from public spaces and the feminist movement. She calls for women to join together to fight for inclusion for all.

Story 'Mercedes' by Kathy Younger, 1992

Sisters Against Disablement (SAD) Access Code, SAD Magazine 1985

Sisters Against Disablement (SAD) was a feminist group with lesbian and straight members.

SAD created an access code explaining how to make spaces and events fully accessible to all.

Sisters Against Disablement Magazine, 1985

GEMMA leaflet (no date)

GEMMA is a national self-help group of lesbians, with and without disabilities. They argued for greater inclusion for disabled lesbians and gay men. The flyer promotes GEMMA’s aspiration to embrace diversity and intersectionality ‘We are not a ghetto group of disabled lesbians but an integrated group and a bridge into a wider friendship circle’.

Kimberlé Crenshaw first used the word ‘intersectionality’ when talking about feminism in 1989. Intersectionality reminds us that many of us experience different types of inequality and oppression at the same time, each of which has an impact.

GEMMA leaflet (n.d.)

Working Class Queers Zine 2017

"Tory Britain means dark, desperate times right now: austerity, unemployment, privatisation, food banks, extreme welfare cuts…I see this zine as a space for talking about these things, and somewhere we can be vulnerable/strong and heard, together."

The Working Class Queers project argues that class politics should be clearly visible in the zine scene, in queer communities and wider society. Issue #1 features Sarah Crewe’s poem “A Working Class Guide To The Rainbow Flag”. The poem relates the colours to everyday experiences of poverty.

'A working class guide to the rainbow flag' 2017