Spare Rib is online

June 1, 2015 § 1 Comment

Every time I look at Spare Rib online it brings vividly to mind the excitement of politics in the 70s, and its online reincarnation cheers me up. The magazine, founded in 1972, was of central importance to the Women’s Liberation Movement. It explored every aspect of women’s lives and became a campaigning tool and a source of news about women all over the world. And, it seems, it influenced many of its readers’ daughters. All 239 issues of the magazine have been digitised by the British Library, working with a team from the former Spare Rib collective. It’s a fantastic resource for young women today and for anyone interested in that history. You can read the full run from 1972 to 1993 on the BL’s journal archives site:
The main BL website tells the story of Spare Rib through 24 contextual articles by staff and contributors to the magazine:
I have an article there, on photography in the magazine:



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§ One Response to Spare Rib is online

  • lynne007 says:

    Yes, you are exactly right. it is exciting, and all the more so that there are young people relating to the archive, and recalling their mothers’ influence and involvement.

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