Jan 9 2016, Saturday NYC: Ros Baxandall Memorial Salute – Come celebrate and learn from the life of a Women’s Liberation Activist and Radical Herstory Detective, 1960s to 2015

Location info:
From 2 – 4 pm
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
http://www.judson.org/directions

Some highlights of Ros’s activism, in word and deed:

1968, June: “Roz’s Page,” in New York Radical Women’s Notes From the First Year, edited by Shulamith Firestone. Already unearthing gems from radical herstory (and counter-herstory)

1968-06, Roz's Page, cover highlight,,  Notes from the First Year, NY Radical Women

1968-06, Roz's Page, Notes From the First Year, NY Radical Women

The complete Notes from the First Year is available on the Redstockings website.

1968, August: Picketing for birth control rights at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

1968-08,Time Mag, R. Baxandall L, Cisler,Bill Baird birth control protest, St Patricks
1968, Halloween:  Hexing Wall Street on the first action of W.I.T.C.H., (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell). Click here for a slideshow by photographer and singer Bev Grant, another WITCH activist. Ros is carrying the Women’s Liberation sign and wearing her radical herstory cape which reads: WITCHES The Original Women GUERILLAS

1969, Jan. 20: Marching with Shulamith Firestone in the “Feminism Lives” contingent at the Conter-Inaugural demonstration, protesting  Nixon’s inauguration as President. “Give Back the Vote” signs were to draw attention to the new Women’s Liberation Movement’s realization that women winning the vote in 1920 in the U.S. hadn’t gotten us very far toward achieving equality.

Counter Inaugral march 1969 Rosalyn Baxandall Redstockings.png
1969, March 21: Redstockings Rap About Abortion. Ros takes part in a panel of women who dare to testify in public about their then criminal abortions. This is the new women’s liberation movement’s first “speakout.” Click here for Susan Brownmiller’s article about it in The Village Voice.

1969-03-27-village-voice-cut

After having a child and getting active in New York City’s first women’s liberation group Radical Women in early 1968, Ros became a strong voice for demanding community childcare as an essential part of liberating women. She and other activists built Liberation Nursery to provide day care for themselves and to help spark a broader movement. As part of the new Women’s Liberation demand, men as well as women worked in their childcare center. Read Ros’s article about city-wide childcare organizing in the 1971 first edition of Woman’s World, a feminist newspaper put out by some Redstockings veterans.

1971 childcare New York City Sit In Redstockings

1971: Sit-in for childcare centers in the office of NYC’s Human Resources Administration. Woman’s World photo by Kathie Sarachild, Redstockings Archives.

1971: Ros becomes a professor in the American Studies Department  at Old Westbury College on Long Island in New York.  She teaches there for decades, becoming Chair of the department.

1976: First edition of America’s Working Women, edited by Rosalyn Baxandall, Linda Gordon, and Susan Reverby. A second edition, edited by Ros and Linda Gordon, was published in 1995.

Americas Working Women Rosalyn Baxandall Linda Gordon.jpg

The second edition of America’s Working Women, 1995

1979 September, 6: Ros joins in the protest against the censorship by Gloria Steinem and Random House of several articles in the 1978 edition of the book Feminist Revolution by Redstockings and efforts at censoring even news of the censorship. For copies of the “abridged” Feminist Revolution, the censored articles and documents from the story of the censorship, go to Carol Hanisch’s website.

1987: Publication of Ros’s collection of selected  writings, speeches, poems and journal entries of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, legendary orator and organizer – first for the “Wobblies” of the I.W.W. (International Workers of the World) and then speaker, writer, and organizer for the Communist Party, through a five year period in jail and until her death.

Words On Fire
1989, March:  At a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Redstockings Abortion Speakout, Ros testifies again about her experience with abortion, before and after it was no longer “criminal.”

1989 Redstockings Speakout Ros Baxandall.png
2000:  Ros and Linda Gordon publish Dear Sisters, a collection of excerpts from the pamphlets, fliers, posters and other “agit prop” from the 1960s through the 1970s explosive rebirth years of the Women’s Liberation Movement.

Dear Sisters Ros Baxandall Linda Gordon Redstockings.jpg

2013, March 27: Ros participates in a “flash mob” action organized by National Women’s Liberation to press for the Morning After Pill to be available without a prescription for women of all ages.

2013-03-27flash mob,crd+cap,Ros Baxandall,left,National Womens Liberation.jpg

2015, August 1: National Women’s Liberation sends a message of deep appreciation to a tribute gathering for Ros Baxandall held a couple of months before she died.

Here are some of the obituaries written about Rosalyn Baxandall, from The New York Times to the radical online journal Jacobin. Sheila Rowbotham, a longtime friend of Ros, writes in the UK’s Guardian.  Not everything is accurate in them, but her spirit shines through.

The New York Times: Rosalyn Baxandall, Feminist Historian and Activist, Dies at 76

Jacobin: Remembering Rosalyn Baxandall

The Guardian: Feminist historian and activist who helped to launch New York Radical Women

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3 thoughts on “Jan 9 2016, Saturday NYC: Ros Baxandall Memorial Salute – Come celebrate and learn from the life of a Women’s Liberation Activist and Radical Herstory Detective, 1960s to 2015

  1. Kathy

    This is a fabulous way to honor Ros and introduce new women to the fascinating material in the Archives but missing here is any mention of Ros’ very important role in starting feminist cooperative childcare in NYC. Do you have the link to the video of her talk at the Boston U. Revolutionary Moment conference? Childcare is such an important feminist issue and yet seems historically, and continually, to be left out. I found her discussion of the downside of the City taking over their cooperative to be especially informative. Here is the link I have but the last time I opened it the video stopped part way through her talk, maybe there’s a better file: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyq1JBwzgsI

    Reply
    1. Women What Is To Be Done, Editor Post author

      Kathy, thank you very much for remembering this important contribution, and for supplying the link to Ros’ panel at the BU conference. Thanks to your comment, we have added a section on Ros’ active role in pushing childcare as a feminist demand.

      Reply

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