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We Demand

ID Number: 15954
Maker: Poster-Film Collective; Flypress and Badger; Greater London Arts Association
Technique: offset
Date Made: circa 1970s
Place Made: United Kingdom: London
Measurements: 77 cm x 50.6 cm; 30 5/16 in x 19 15/16 in
Main Subject: Women
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
We demand Germany 1931 ...rights to abortion and birth control, better housing, equal pay for equal work social protection for mothers and children. After the First World War there was increasing official concern over the decline in the birth rate, which was seen as a thereat to the future growth and prosperity of the nation. Soon after the onset of the economic crisis in 1929 the government began to investigate and combat the so-called 'national scourge of abortion. Women's ability to control their own lives was directly constrained by two sections of the Penal Code-paragraphs 218 and 184 which denied them not only safe legal abortions, but also access to means of birth control. Herausgegben von der KPD Nieder mit den Abtreibungs, Paragraphen! In the worsening economic conditions, life for working class women grew more and more difficult. Many were being forced to go out to work whilst also struggling to look after their homes and families. By 1931 as many as 1 million a year were being driven to seek back street abortions which were often fatal. In 1931 a mass campaign against Paragraph 218 began. Thousands of women demonstrated in the streets demanding rights to abortion and birth control and protesting against unemployment, rising prices and taxes, housing shortages and cut-backs in social services and women's rights. Although the campaign was to be defeated in the political and economic turmoil of the time, for a brief period it created a powerful focus around womens needs which united not only women's groups but also working class organizations. We women refuse to let ourselves be regarded as baby machines and as slaves in the production process. by Poster-Film Collective with financial assistance from Greater London Arts Association. Printed by Flypress and Badger.

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