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Sisters in Arms

In January 1988, women took to the streets to protest against the Alton Bill – one MP’s attempt to ban late abortions

As star after star walked the red carpet dressed in black at the usually colourful Golden Globes this January, the Time’s Up campaign extended its reach far beyond the entrance to the Beverly Hilton hotel. Actors from Meryl Streep to Emma Watson swept aside the usual questions about their sartorial choices, instead deferring to the female activists they had chosen to take as their guests to discuss matters of sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace. The campaign had been launched by a coalition of female Hollywood actors, agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives in the wake of the tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. And it was at this glittering awards ceremony that the whole world became aware of this new front in the fight for equality.

But such battles have not always been so civilised, nor so glamorous. The activists of the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) of the 1960s-80s discovered that they would need to employ shock tactics in their fight, which largely focused on gaining equality in the workplace, in the family and for rights over their own bodies.

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In this month's issue… Everything you ever wanted to know about castles The complete story of the greatest emblem of the medieval age: how they evolved from simple forts into impregnable bastions, how they were built without modern machinery and how you could break into one. Plus: the Women's Liberation Movement; the peasant who became Japan's second great unifier; top 10 ancient board games; the football match that sparked a war; and a graphic guide to London Zoo's most famous residents.

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Another timeless front page from the archives
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Wherever you are in Britain, you’re never too far from a castle. Julian Humphrys is our guide to the greatest emblem of the medieval age
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How did our forbears raise their castles without modern machinery? This ambitious project is helping us find out
Bombardment, sniping, mining, diplomacy, bribery, psychological warfare, hand-to-hand combat: the great siege of Dover Castle had it all. In 1216, Prince Louis of France tried, and failed, to capture it
Football may have lit the spark, but this 100-hour spat between Honduras and El Salvador had little to do with sporting pride, says Gavin Mortimer
Board games were a pastime long before Monopoly starting ruining Christmas
The second of Japan’s great unifiers, Hideyoshi rose from obscurity to become one of the most unlikely, ambitious and influential leaders the country ever produced. Hareth Al Bustani unravels his legend
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