Seattle Radical Women, one of first women's liberation groups in the United States, forms in November 1967.

  • By Barbara Winslow
  • Posted 1/01/2000
  • Essay 2152

In November 1967, approximately 30 women meet in the basement of the house of Susan Stern (1943-1976) in the Wallingford district of Seattle to organize one of the first women's liberation groups in the United States. The group's name becomes Seattle Radical Women.

Stern was a UW graduate student in Social Work. UW Economics Professor Judith Shapiro was also an organizer of the meeting. According to Barbara Winslow, who attended the meeting, they and Clara Fraser of the Freedom Socialist Party did most of the talking about the need to discuss and organize around women's issues.


Barbara Winslow, "Primary and Secondary Contradictions in Seattle," in The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women's Liberation ed. by Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Ann Snitow (New York: Three Rivers Press, 1998), 225-248.

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