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"The purpose of ALF is to
  • encourage women to become economically self-sufficient
  • encourage women to be psychologically independent
  • publicize and promote realistic attitudes toward female competence achievement, and potential
  • oppose the abridgement of individual rights by any government on the basis of gender
  • work toward changing sexist attitudes and behavior exhibited by individuals
  • provide a libertarian alternative to those aspects of the women's movement that foster political dependence and collectivism


Theodora NathanFounder
Sharon PresleyExecutive Director (formerly known as National Coordinator)
Andrea Millen RichMember of the Board of Directors
Joan Kennedy TaylorNational Coordinator, 1989-2005


Libertarian Feminists Ask Facebook to #FreeTheNipple, by Elizabeth Nolan Brown, 19 Jun 2015
Discusses the effort by ALF members to convince Facebook to change its policies regarding images of female nipples
"Non-sexual images of women's nipples shouldn't be considered a 'community standards' violation by Facebook argue members of the Association of Libertarian Feminists (ALF). Earlier this week the ALF Facebook page posted a link to an Iceland Monitor article about a #FreeTheNipple protest there. ... All nine ALF page admins (which includes me) had their accounts suspended, along with several individuals who shared the article. ... ALF head Sharon Presley and member Julie Mastine have since launched a petition to 'Tell Facebook to #FreeTheNipple and Revise Policies Regarding Nudity.'"
On Feminism, by Theodora Nathan, Willamette Valley Observer, 1977
Reprinted in On Libertarianism and the 25th anniversary issue of ALF News
"The Association of Libertarian Feminists (ALF) was founded on Ayn Rand's birthday, February 2nd, 1973 in my home in Eugene, Oregon. The first members included men, as well as women. I felt an organization was needed to offer an alternative to other women's groups. It seemed to me that many women who felt unjustly treated by many of our present inequitable laws were being used by leftists and socialists for political purposes. It seemed important to counter this outside the Libertarian party."
Related Topic: The State
Joan Kennedy Taylor, by Jeff Riggenbach, 14 Jan 2011
Biographical essay, including a review of Taylor's book Reclaiming the Mainstream: Individualist Feminism Rediscovered; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcasts of 28 Dec 2010 and 12 Jan 2011
"Instead of cultivating their gardens, individualist feminists — libertarian feminists — should take the movement back from these collectivists. They should reclaim the mainstream. ... Not long before the cancer robbed her of the strength to write, so that she had at last to curtail her many years of service as an officer of the Association of Libertarian Feminists, she managed to complete one more book, outlining a libertarian solution to the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace."