Womankind was the newspaper of the CWLU from 1971-73. It was conceived as a monthly publication to reach women who were curious about the women's liberation movement, but who were not necessarily activists.
by Cheryl R. Ganz and the CWLU Herstory Editorial Committee
The Chicago Women's Liberation Union (CWLU) designed Womankind newspaper as an outreach publication to spread the ideas of women's liberation, to reflect the political direction of the Union, and to increase awareness of CWLU projects. Published on a monthly basis from 1971-1973, Womankind was one way that people could become familiar with the CWLU
The subscription rate was $4 per year or 25¢ per issue. The publication was available at women's centers, bookstores, and women's events. It was sometimes sold on the street as well.
Copies of Womankind are available for viewing at the Chicago Historical Society and Northwestern University Library's Special Collections Department as well as on microfilm at the Library of Congress.
Note: A complete article index of Womankind done by Cheryl Ganz is available in Adobe Acrobat Format. Download the free Acrobat Reader here.
See also: Consciousness in the CWLU Archive for more information about Womankind.
Cheryl R. Ganz indexed and archived CWLU documents while working as a research assistant for Margaret "Peg" Strobel, a professor of Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Cheryl's contribution to the CWLU Herstory Website Project has been incalculable. She is currently working at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.