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Women's Liberation

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 It is not out of date today.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.

Will the war free Afghan women?

01 December 2001
We may never know how many women have been blown to pieces in Afghanistan by B-52s and cluster bombs. That has not stopped Laura Bush and Cherie Blair proclaiming that their husbands' war in Afghanistan is motivated by the high ideals of women's liberation.

Helen Keller - opponent of injustice, fighter for socialism

05 February 2000
Helen Keller's fight to overcome her disabilities made her life an inspiration for millions of people. Her story is taught in schools around the world. But what is not so well known is that Helen Keller was a committed and active socialist.

Protest at the Miss World 'meat market'

04 December 1999
This Saturday we will be subject to the degrading spectacle of the Miss World contest on television. Women will be paraded, ogled at and inspected like so many pieces of meat. They will be judged for the size of their breasts, the shape of their legs or the smoothness of their skin. A "bubbly" personality or an interest in "children or current affairs" may be an asset, but only if the contestant matches up to a stereotypical and sexist image of what is "beautiful".

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