The Women’s Voluntary and Community Sector (WVCS) grew out of the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020. The contribution of the WVCS in advancing women’s rights is largely undocumented. Many of the women who were involved in setting up women’s organisations and campaigning for change are now in their late 50s and 60s. Their struggles and achievements have remained largely invisible.
This exciting and new project will create a unique oral history archive documenting the testimonies of current and past leaders. This archive will illustrate the impact that the WVCS has had on the structural position of women, through campaigning and influencing. The archive will also provide insight into the impact on the lives of the women themselves as drivers of the movement.
WRC is collaborating with the Women’s Library’s Archives and Special Collections at the London School of Economics Library, to ensure an untold story is captured through archiving digital recordings, transcripts and photographs.