2 Clare Baker reflects on WiP's declining radicalism over its first decade


I do remember feeling  very at home in the Feminist Book Fair environment where you were talking about ideas and politics and power and that kind of thing in a way which wasn’t Women in Publishing’s main focus. And certainly by that time there was a completely different Main Committee, they were younger, they had their own agendas and I think it was less radical. But it was a more of a professional organisation.   And also because there was a constant, sort of, new influx, maybe  people had to kind of learn, you know, learn it all over again. And they were obviously younger people coming in.  There was a recession meaning people were more worried about their jobs. People, I mean it was more expensive to live, particularly in London. I think people were more worried about keeping their jobs. There were a lot of redundancies, Were a lot of amalgamations over that period and so people were nervous about how they were perceived. I mean, that was always an issue I think, there were some people who, who didn’t care if they were seen as radical and some people who were really concerned not to be.

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