A Disabled Woman’s Struggle Is Any Woman’s Struggle

‘The most pressing issues faced by disabled women are the ones faced by most women, except that when you’re disabled, it adds another layer of discrimination,” says Eleanor Lisney, co-founder of the disabled women’s network, Sisters of Frida.

Lisney helped organise the first-ever session on disabled feminism at last weekend’s Feminism in London conference. It may seem trivial, but to Lisney, 56, it is a small, significant victory in a larger battle for disabled women’s recognition. As one of the speakers on a panel where each woman has a disability – and looking out at a room of largely disabled women -- I found it hard to ignore how oddly unusual the experience was.

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