Stories of Protest Against the Miss World Contest and the Beauty Industry

Edted by Sue Finch, Jenny Fortune, Jane Grant, Jo Robinson and Sarah Wilson

Published November 2020 by the Misbehavers in association with the Merlin Press

Protests at the Miss World contest in 1970 attracted headlines around the world.
This book portrays the new and vibrant women’s liberation movement of the 70s. It tells how women protested inside and outside the Albert Hall, who they were, what took them into the women’s liberation movement, how they organised, why they were protesting and of women’s arrests and trials.
Misbehaving gives us the story of the protesters against Miss World Contest in the words of the rebels themselves.
Through the wonderful diversity of their personal and political life stories it does something more. By chronicling the influences that led them to take action, it vividly reveals how an extraordinary range of sources contributed to the emergence of a movement for Women’s Liberation.

This book provides insights into why so many young women got involved and illuminates the anger, excitement, creativity and fun so evident in the early 1970s. Misbehaving is a must read for veteran feminists who are growing weary, for the vaguely curious, for historical researchers and for the dissident young who need an optimism boost. It will cheer you all up. Sheila Rowbotham

Many illustrations in black & white and colour

ISBN 978-0-85036-767-6 Paperback 226 pages