- October 1969
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- May 1989
Hindmarsh, South Australia, Australia
- Feminist organisation and Social action organisation
The Adelaide Women's Liberation Movement began at the University of Adelaide in 1968, inspired by the women who were active in Young Labor, and the anti-Vietnam war campaign. These women questioned their role in these organisations and vented their frustration about these male dominated groups.
Anna Yeatman, Anne Summers and Julie Ellis are credited with starting the feminist newsletters Sisterhood and Body Political. By late 1969 they produced Liberation, the Adelaide Women's Liberation Newsletter which replaced Sisterhood.
Their first protest was against the Miss Fresher competition, which brought media focus to the expression of their feminist ideals for women's liberation. Public meetings where called and the broader community involvement brought about the establishment of the Women's Liberation Movement housed at Bloor House situtated in Bloor Court off Currie Street, in Adelaide. They provided an environment where ideas for supporting women's rights were fostered.
The Group wrote a Women's manifesto which was published in Liberation newsletter in June 1971. The Adelaide Women's Liberation Group took part in the first Women's Liberation Conference in Melbourne in 1970.
The Women's Liberation Movement in Adelaide was the catalyst for the establishment of the Women's Health Centre at Hindmarsh, The Rape Crisis Centre, Women's Studies Resource Centre, Abortion Action Campaign, St Peters Women's Community Centre, Women's Health Centres at Christies Beach and Elizabeth. They lobbied for Women's Studies to be part of tertiary education, women's representation in parliament, a Working Women's Centre to protect women's working rights, the Women's Peace Movement. Bloor House provided a space for women to express their personal political ideas and to get feedback and support. The Women's Liberation Movement moved from Bloor House to Eden St in Adelaide and then to Mary St, Hindmarsh were it was closed in 1989.