My subject for LGBT History Month 2019 is Mary McIntosh 1936-2013 who was indisputably Britain’s leading feminist. McIntosh was educated at High Wycombe School and St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. After graduating in 1958 she moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked as a graduate student and teaching assistant in the Sociology Department, out of which grew her interest in criminology.
Arrested in San Francisco in 1969 on a demonstration against the House Un-American Activities Committee, she threw herself at a policeman dragging a woman protester away by her hair, was arrested, charged, but later deported.
McIntosh worked as an Assistant Research Officer, Home Office Research Unit, 1961-1963; Assistant Lecturer, 1963-1965 and Lecturer, 1965-1968, in Sociology, University of Leicester. Founded the Leicester Campaign for Racial Equality; Member, Executive Committee, British Sociological Association, 1967-1971 (Teaching Committee, 1975-1977); Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Borough Polytechnic (now South Bank University), 1968-1972; Founder Member, National Deviancy Conference, 1968-1975; Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University, 1972-1975; activist in the Gay Liberation Front, [1970-1973]; activist in Women’s Liberation Movement; Member, Policy Advisory Committee to the Criminal Law Revision Committee, 1976-1985, on matters relating to sexual offences; Founding Member, Editorial Collective, Feminist Review, 1978-1994; and much more . . .
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