The young feminists in this chapter were part of several feminist groups in Manchester, analysed in this ethnographic case study as part of Manchester’s feminist movement. The young women described their motivations for ‘be(com)ing feminist’ as ‘personal-political’ and ‘political-personal’ journeys (Hanisch, 1970) that came about because of individual and group experiences of gendered disadvantage and a recognition that the needs of women, and women’s equality, would not be achieved in current political and democratic arrangements that favour a focus on the ‘common good’. While the young women campaigned for several causes (abortion rights, safer streets, sexual objectification, and so on), their frustrations with the mainstream neglect of women’s issues were the key drivers for self-organising for political action. The aim of their activism was to dismantle (or at the very least diminish) the patriarchal social order, and their participation and activism focused on women’s issues and rights and the need to create a ‘politics of difference’ (Young, 1990) that addresses their group needs, differences, and specificities.
|Title of host publication||Reshaping Youth Participation|
|Subtitle of host publication||Manchester in a European Gaze|
|Editors||Grainne McMahon, Harriet Rowley, Janet Batsleer|
|Publisher||Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.|
|Number of pages||15|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781800433588, 9781800433601|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Nov 2022|