In many ways, the women’s movement of the 1970's was a Do-It-Yourself endeavor. If you and your friends could formulate a plan, get other women behind it, and scrape together the resources, you could run with your idea. Things as diverse as a national feminist conference or a weekend planning retreat happened that way. Burgeoning community builders created workshops on feminist history, auto repair and self-defense. Women who didn't consider themselves writers and artists started newspapers to showcase women’s stories, essays and drawings. Everything was open.

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