Barbara Winslow (b. 1945) grew up in Scarsdale, New York. She attended Antioch College for three years but graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in 1968 and a Ph.D. in history in 1972. A student and antiwar activist, she was instrumental in founding Women’s Liberation Seattle and was heavily involved in grassroots feminist activity, particularly reproductive rights, in Seattle, Detroit, Cleveland, and New York City. In 1969 Winslow came to the UK to study at the University of Warwick and met E.P Thompson and Germaine Greer. She helped to form Coventry Women's Liberation group and became friends with Sheila Rowbotham. She was at Warwick during the 'files crisis' and has collected papers on this.
Active in socialist and feminist politics for many years, Winslow was also at the forefront of the movement to integrate women, African Americans, and the working class into the teaching of history in the 1970s. She is currently teaching history and women’s studies at Brooklyn College. Her areas of research are women's suffrage in Britain and the United States, women's suffrage from a global perspective, Sylvia Pankhurst and the struggle for Ethiopian independence from Italy and England. Winslow has finished a book on the life of Shirley Chisholm and Brooklyn women's activism.