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Feminists and Flour Bombs Friday


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When Miss World held its first competition of the new decade, the feminist movement's second wave was just reaching high tide. Popular magazines had declared 1970 to be the "Year of Women's Liberation."

Protest against the Miss World competition prior to 1970 had been in the form of small-scale actions easily contained. But when comedian Bob Hope stepped onto the stage of Royal Albert Hall in London to host the competition that year, he was bombarded by protestors hurling smoke and flour bombs. Feminists declared the protest a triumph. It became one of a handful of demonstrations in the early seventies that many believed strengthened the feminist movement in Britain. Five years later, women's rights supporters in Britain succeeded in winning passage of the Sex Discrimination Act and Equal Opportunities Act.

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