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Trivialising rape won't help challenge imperialism

28 August 2012
Arguments about the case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange have divided the left and dominated the media over the last week. The debate has centred on the question of rape.

Taking rape seriously

21 August 2012
Myths about rape run deep. A US Republican politician wants to ban abortion, including for women who have been raped.

No place for sexism

29 May 2012
A survey of 3,400 women working in Britain has found that half of them experienced sexual harassment at work—including offensive sexist remarks and being made the butt of chauvinist jokes.

The Women’s Library is amazing—it should stay free for all

08 May 2012
The Women’s Library has the most incredible collection for all those wanting to study the history of the suffrage movement.

Unique women’s library is facing closure from cuts

08 May 2012
The unique Women’s Library in east London could be shut by the end of the year if bosses at London Metropolitan University get their way.

Victimised lecturer reinstated

13 March 2012
A lecturer at Angus College who was suspended after complaining about a sexist event has been reinstated.

Doonesbury goes into battle for Texas abortion rights

13 March 2012
A row has erupted over a newspaper cartoon strip portraying a woman seeking an abortion in Texas.

Cambridge protest at Strauss-Kahn visit

13 March 2012
Some 200 people protested against alleged rapist and former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Cambridge last Friday (see right).

Hundreds attend socialist meetings for International Women's Day

13 March 2012
Some 200 people attended the Socialist Workers Party meeting in London to celebrate the socialist tradition of International Women’s Day on Thursday of last week.

How do we get rid of oppression?

06 March 2012
Some feminists and academics see class as just another inequality.

Alexandra Kollontai: defining International Women's Day

06 March 2012
A celebration of International Women’s Day in February 1917 was the spark that ignited the Russian Revolution.

Do men help to oppress women?

28 February 2012
Last week I argued that locating women’s oppression within the family and the rise of class society helps us to understand why it exists.

Right plots attack on abortion rights

28 February 2012
There is a propaganda campaign underway over abortion access in Britain. Right wing bigots are trying to create the impression that the law is too liberal and access to abortion is too easy.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer chooses politics

21 February 2012
The popular TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer featured Buffy as the "Chosen One"—one girl chosen to fight vampires. Now the Chosen One is exercising her right to choose abortion.

Protesters celebrate as Nadine Dorries withdraws abstinence bill

20 January 2012
A 100-strong protest at parliament turned into a celebration this morning, Friday, after Tory MP Nadine Dorries withdrew her abstinence bill.

Dorries bill would replace sex education for girls with abstinence

17 January 2012
Tory MP Nadine Dorries’s private members’ bill on sex education was due to have its second reading this Friday.

SWP conference 2012: Proud to be fighting women's oppression

10 January 2012
An important discussion took place about women’s oppression. Delegates discussed the fight against sexism. They also wanted to ensure that women were leading within the party.

Protest against cosmetic surgery

13 December 2011
Up to 100 activists took to the streets outside Harley Medical Group in London on Saturday of last week.

Women, work and walkouts

11 October 2011
Almost a million women will begin voting in the Unison union’s huge strike ballot this week. They are part of a growing army of women workers who are getting ready to take on the Tories.

MPs throw out abortion attack

13 September 2011
Tory MP Nadine Dorries’ attempt to push back abortion rights was decisively defeated in parliament last week.

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