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Rubyfruit played Birmingham and Chicago

1977

ď consisted of , Lorna Eady and myself. came about because some of us had been to ís voice workshops; took me along, so there was already this interest in , and all those Bulgarian harmony things, it grew out of that. I was at that point sharing a house with Caroline and several other people. We performed at the and other places. We actually performed at Mountain Moving Coffee House in Chicago, we went to Chicago and stayed with my family.

We performed at the , before that disastrous in Birmingham, (1978) because Lorna pretty much left feminism and lesbianism after that conference. There were a number of women it just drove out and away completely.

I can remember three songs specifically written by : the Ďí , ĎThe Kerb Crawling Songí, and our own version of í (is marching).

- version

Chorus:
'Oh sisters donít you weep, donít you mourn.
Oh sisters donít you weep, donít you mourn.
The Womenís Army is marching.
Oh sisters donít you weep.'


We wrote a verse for each of the six demands of the .
'Contraception must be free so weíll only be pregnant when we want to be.
Abortion on demand must also be free. No more unwanted pregnancies.
Twenty four hour nursery care. While you work, leave your children there
'.

I donít remember the equal pay, equal opportunities,or the sexuality ones.

(The words of the and the can be found in separate memories)

Contributed by: Betty Hagglund, 50

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