Women in Revolt! Mini-series: 3. Transgression

In episode three, curator Linsey Young investigates how the independent music scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s liberated women from the expectations of the time. Joined by artists, musicians, writers and activists, she discovers how punk and industrial music created a space for women to express themselves on their own terms.

From self-publishing fanzines and forming all-women bands, to creating art in response to sex-work, they challenged ideas about what a woman should be, and explored issues of sexuality, power and control.

Featuring Gina Birch, Caroline Coon, Lucy Whitman and Cosey Fanni Tutti. 

Please note, this episode contains references to self harm at 03:35 – 04:10, sexual assault and rape at 10:44 – 11:21 and 41:10 – 43:00, racist violence at 13:43 – 14:50 and sex work at 29:05 – 43:50.

See the Women in Revolt! exhibition at Tate Britain 8 November 2023 – 7 April 2024, at National Galleries of Scotland, Modern, Edinburgh 25 May 2024 – 26 January 2025, and at The Whitworth, University of Manchester, 7 March – 24 August 2025.

The Women in Revolt! podcast series was made possible by the generous support of Lubaina Himid. 

Concept by Linsey Young. Research, interviews, recording, editing and production by Rosie Oliver for Tickertape Productions. Sound by Chris Maclean. Music from White Mice by Mo-dettes.

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