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What was the Chicago Women's Liberation Union?

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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.

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