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Hoffmann, Karin (1941 - )

28 February 1941
Wurtsburg, Germany
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Born in Wurtsburg Germany in 1941 Karin Hoffmann developed her "pragmatic, rather than ideological," views on feminism and the women's movement through friendships and associates while living in Paris. In 1974 she moved to Western Australia and in 1975 joined the Women's Centre Action Group and Women's Electoral Lobby intending to "do what was useful" to enhance the status of women in society. In 1977 she created a feminist and, although nobody used that word at the time, lesbian library. Hoffmann participated in a range of activities associated with the women's movement including the "Out of the Guilded Cage" radio broadcasts and two feminist tours of significant Western Australian sites.

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Murdoch University

  • Gay and Lesbian Archives of Western Australia, 1970s - 2004s, Special Collection; Murdoch University. Details
  • Lespar Library of Women's Liberation, 1977 - 2004, Special Collection QO; Murdoch University. Details

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