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CWLU Herstory Website
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Out of the upheavals of the 1960's came a group of Windy City women determined to challenge the suffocating male supremacy of the time. They joined the growing women's liberation movement and organized the Chicago Women's Liberation Union (CWLU) which touched the lives of thousands of women through its many organizing projects from 1969-1977.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, determined citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."—Margaret Mead.

We say that a small group of women can make mountains move. That was the lesson of CWLU workgroups in health, education, employment, and gay rights, to name a few. There we created the ideas and actions that helped women liberate each other from oppressive beliefs and old social habits.
Now we are sharing our history on the Internet to inspire new generations to continue the struggle for justice and equality.

Note to Teachers
Please tell us how you are using our site in your classes. We are trying to obtain funding to expand the site and that information would help us enormously.
We would love to post your students' feminist essays, poems, songs, fiction or video in our GrrlSmarts or Feminist Salon section.
Contact us at for more info.

We mourn the victims of the Sept 11th attack and the war in Afghanistan and invite you to read a statement to the US Congress by Eleanor Smeal of the Feminist Majority.

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