Redstockings, also known as Redstockings of the Women’s Liberation Movement, is a radical feminist group that was founded in January 1969 in New York City. The word is a portmanteau of bluestocking (a term used to disparage feminist intellectuals of earlier centuries) and red (for its association with the revolutionary left). The group was started by Ellen Willis and Shulamith Firestone in February 1969, after the breakup of New York Radical Women. Other early members included Kathie Sarachild, Patricia Mainardi, Barbara Leon, Irene Peslikis, and Alix Kates Shulman. Firestone soon split with the group to form New York Radical Feminists, along with Anne Koedt.] Rita Mae Brown was also briefly a member during 1970. The group was mainly active in New York City, where most of the group’s members resided, and later also in Gainesville, Florida. A group called Redstockings West was started in San Francisco in 1969, but was independent of the East Coast group. Redstockings went through several phases of activity and inactivity; they first split up in 1970 and were formally refounded in 1973 by Sarachild, Carol Hanisch, Mainardi, and Leon. (Willis was involved only peripherally with the reformed group.) … About a month later, Redstockings soon held its own ‘hearing’, an open meeting in the Washington Square Methodist Church, where twelve women testified about their experiences with illegal abortion. The March ‘speakout’ was Redstockings’ opportunity to hear testimony of those they felt were the experts: ‘We are the true experts, the only experts, we who have had abortions,’ one of the twelve said. …”
Redstocking Manifesto (1969) – History Is A Weapon

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