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Poster – Equal Toil, Unequal Place: Women & Feudalism (Women’s History Series: 1)

By the Poster-Film Collective, 1983. Part of a series of posters on Women’s History.

This poster focuses on women land labourers in European feudal society and lists the varied kind of work women undertook. At this time, men and women worked closely together, and the divide between the ‘prrivate’ and ‘public’ spheres of work, which developed later (and were vigorously critiqued by the Women’s Liberation Movement), did not exist. However, and as the poster highlights, women were not seen as equal.

The poster criticises the misogynistic teachings of the Church at this time, the exploitation women and men suffered at the hands of the land-owning classes and the domestic violence that many working-class women experienced from their husbands.

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Source: Feminist Archive North

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