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"Redstockings" was a name taken in 1969 by one of the founding women's liberation groups of the 1960's to represent the union of two traditions: the "bluestocking" label disparagingly pinned on feminists of earlier centuries--and "red" for revolution.

Redstockings women would go on to champion and spread knowledge of vital women's liberation theory, slogans and actions that have become household words such as consciousness-raising, the personal is political, the pro-woman line, sisterhood is powerful, the politics of housework, the Miss America Protest, and "speakouts" that would break the taboos of silence around subjects like abortion.

Redstockings today is a new kind of grassroots, activist "think tank", established by movement veterans, for defending and advancing the women's liberation agenda. The Archives for Action is a project Redstockings established in 1989 to make the formative and radical 1960's experience of the movement more widely available for the taking stock needed for new understandings and improved strategies.


The first press coverage of the name "Redstockings"

New York City, March 13, 1969


Redstockings's logo history:

rs stampShulamith Firestone designed the Redstockings stamp above early in 1969. It was produced by Hopfield Press on the Lower East Side in New York City and was the first use by Redstockings of the Old English typestyle which became its signature logo. The group used the stamp for answering the rapidly mounting volume of letters that began to come in from women. For more on Redstockings history read the 1969 aricle in Us Magazine
"Up From Radicalism" by Redstockings's co-founder Ellen Willis.

Please note the slight change of post office box number for Redstockings.
The current address is: P.O. Box 744 Stuyvesant Station, New York, NY 10009.