Feminism for the 99%? Social reproduction and the socialist revolution

Urte March reviews Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto by Cinzia Aruzza, et al

Urte March  ·  03 March 2020

Domestic violence is the biggest killer of women

The United Nations has reported that domestic violence is the biggest killer of women across the world. The report looks at data from 2017, during which time 87,000 women were murdered and 58% of them by their partner or a family member.

Rebecca Anderson  ·  06 September 2019

The women’s strike in Switzerland – a historic day!

On June 14, in Switzerland, around half a million people took part in the women's strike. In all major cities, but also in parts of the country that are not well organised politically or in trades unions, women, especially those who work in the care sector or education, were on strike. In many places, strikes and actions began in the morning and spread throughout the day. According to the Swiss Confederation of Trade Unions, some 100,000 people took part in the strike on the morning of 14 June.

Workers Power  ·  09 July 2019

100 years after some women won the vote – we still have a world to win

ON 6 FEBRUARY 1918, the Representation of the People Act extended the franchise to some women over 30 and all men over 21, so that for the first time in the history of Britain’s ‘centuries old democracy’, a majority of the adult population had the right to vote. Yet millions of the women who had […]

Workers Power  ·  06 February 2018

For a working class women's movement

Working class women across the country are confronting austerity and winning local battles. Bringing these class fighters together to forge a working class women’s movement has the potential to bring the cuts government to its knees, argues Joy Macready You can hear the rumble. Snippets here and there, up and down the country. Impressive victories […]

Workers Power  ·  23 March 2014

Intersectionality – not the basis for the liberation struggle

The methodology of ‘intersectionality’ is currently gaining increased support on the left in the UK. Joy Macready argues why it shouldn’t be used as the basis for a socialist approach to liberation ‘Intersectionality’, or the study of how multiple systems of oppression or discrimination interact, is gaining prominence amongst the left in the UK. For […]

Workers Power  ·  15 November 2013

Review: Beyond the Fragments?

Joy Macready reviews 'Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism (2013)'

Workers Power  ·  09 October 2013

How Bolshevik women fought for liberation

In celebration of International Women’s Day and as part of an ongoing debate about the principles of women’s organisation and the revolutionary movement, Joy Macready looks at the history of early Soviet Russia and its lessons for today The Marxist position on women’s liberation owes a great debt to a remarkable group of women in […]

Workers Power  ·  12 March 2013

Marxism and Feminism

Revolutionary communists start from the view that working class women are the central agency in the struggle against their own oppression, aided at every step by class-conscious working class men. As Lenin wrote: “We say that the emancipation of the workers must be effected by the workers themselves, and in exactly the same way the […]

Workers Power  ·  11 March 2013

Why we still need international women’s day

International women’s day needs to be put back on the map as a rallying point for women’s liberation around the world, writes Joana Ramiro  

Workers Power  ·  08 March 2012

A new women’s movement to fight the ‘new sexism’

We need a new women’s movement based on both gender and class politics, argues Jo Cassidy

Workers Power  ·  27 September 2011

Obituary: Betty Friedan (1921-2006)

Betty Friedan, who died last month, was a key figure in the modern women’s movement. Her book, The Feminine Mystique, published in the United States in 1963, galvanised women into action and shook up the picture of the ideal family that dominated US life in the post-war boom of the 1950s and 1960s. Friedan came […]

Workers Power  ·  24 March 2006

Obituary: Andrea Dworkin, wrong target

Andrea Dworkin died last month. Dworkin was seen by most as an intransigent, man-hating radical feminist. She wrote extensively about male violence, drawing upon her own experiences.Dworkin had a very traumatic life. She suffered anti-Semitism and sexual abuse from a very young age. Then, after decades as a feminist writer and lecturer she was drugged […]

Workers Power  ·  24 May 2005

Votes for Women: socialists and feminists in the suffrage movement

Workers Power 279 October 2003 One hundred years ago this month the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) was founded. The WSPU became the militant wing of a mass movement of women fighting for the vote. Within this organisation many of the direct action tactics used today were first developed. Kirstie Paton and Stuart King […]

Workers Power  ·  24 October 2003

Sylvia Pankhurst and the east end suffragettes

Sylvia Pankhurst developed a very different view from her mother and older sister of how the vote for women could be achieved. Although she did not speak out against it, she was opposed to the ‘terrorist’ turn which she believed “retarded a wonderful movement which was rising to a great climax”. For Sylvia a successful […]

Workers Power  ·  24 October 2003

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