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Women's Liberation

Material Girls: women, men and work

03 July 2007
Today, women are working in unprecedented numbers, have broken their chains to the home, thrown out the traditional "feminine" roles, and have choices that our grandmothers couldn’t have imagined.

Launch of modern abortion law campaign

10 March 2007
Over 100 abortion rights campaigners gathered near Westminster last Saturday. It was the launch of a year of celebrations of 40 years since the 1967 Abortion Act, and the beginning of a campaign for a modern abortion law.

Women’s rights still to be won

10 March 2007

A woman's right to choose?

10 March 2007
There was a lively meeting with women from a range of ages and backgrounds on a woman’s right to choose at the Respect women’s day school.

'How we won the abortion referendum in Portugal'

17 February 2007
The referendum on abortion last Sunday was the second national vote on the issue. The question put was the same as in 1998 – "Do you agree with decriminalising abortion when requested by women, up to 10 weeks into pregnancy, and performed in an authorised clinic?"

How New Labour puts prostitutes at risk

16 December 2006
The recent brutal series of murders of women in Ipswich has brought the question of prostitution and violent crime to the foreground.

Why are women paid less than men?

25 November 2006
Over 30 years since the Equal Pay Act outlawed discrimination against women in the workplace, the pay gap between men and women is still staggering. Women in full-time jobs pocket only 78 pence for every pound men earn.

Decades of change but not of liberation

11 November 2006
I wrote last week about the ideology that surrounds the nuclear family.

Attacks on abortion rights

11 November 2006
There are fears that a private members bill could be introduced in parliament to curb abortion rights.

Capitalism and the ‘private family’

04 November 2006
I wrote last week that the formation of the family was central to understanding the origins of women’s oppression. This week I will look at how the role of the family changed with the birth of capitalism.

Sylvia Pankhurst: demanding liberation

04 November 2006
One hundred years ago this week, Sylvia Pankhurst found herself in prison for the first time. The crime of the 24 year old? Campaigning for votes for women.

Socialist Workers Party women’s dayschool

28 October 2006
Over 150 women attended a dayschool on Marxism and Women’s Liberation organised by the Socialist Workers Party on Saturday 28 October.

Women's oppression is not natural or age-old

28 October 2006
Women’s oppression is the most deeply entrenched oppression. It is seen as biological, psychological, universal and age-old.

Debating prostitution

28 January 2006
Beyond the tired and familiar "zero tolerance" rhetoric spouted by Blair’s ministers as a solution to deter any type of behaviour that is "less than ordinary", there are some important positive changes to prostitution management in the strategy announced recently.

Abortion rights today

16 April 2005
‘Every child a wanted child, every mother a willing mother" was one of our slogans on the great demonstrations against attacks on the abortion law in the 1970s and 1980s. It is not out of date today. Women’s lives are at risk throughout pregnancy and childbirth. And while the risk in Britain is tiny, in most of the world — especially poorer countries — it is still very high.

Defending women’s right to choose

06 November 2004
Angela Phillips played a key role in organising a 50,000-strong TUC demonstration against the Corrie Bill, the third attempt to restrict abortion rights, in 1979.

It is possible to win real sexual freedom

30 October 2004
When Frederick Engels wrote about women’s liberation, he didn’t only speak of equality. He also spoke of a world in which sexual relations would not governed by economic necessity or stifling morality, but would be really free.

Huge changes have not brought women's equality

23 October 2004
Marx’s collaborator Frederick Engels argued that women’s oppression was as old as class society. It arose from the structures of the privatised family which pushed women out of the economic centre of society.

How close are we to winning equality for women today?

06 December 2003
The anti-war and anti-capitalist movements have been compared with the upsurge of the 1960s. What is the impact of the radicalisation on women?

Celebrate uprisings of women workers

09 March 2002
'The working women's day of militancy." That was how the Russian revolutionary Alexandra Kollontai described the first ever celebration of International Women's Day in March 1911. That probably isn't how most people view International Women's Day, which is on Friday of this week, if they have heard of it at all.

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