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Women's Liberation


Does breaking the glass ceiling liberate women?

08 March 2016
Sadie Robinson looks at what difference electing a woman president would have in the fight against sexism

International Women's Day—fight the system to fight sexism

08 March 2016
Ultimately women’s oppression is part and parcel of capitalism—and another reason why we need to fight oppression and get rid of capitalism itself.

Doncaster Women's Aid - fight to save key service that saves women's lives

08 March 2016
Campaigners talk to Sadie Robinson about a battle against the closure of Doncaster Women’s Aid, which supports victims of domestic violence

Domestic violence survivor speaks out against cuts - 'I wouldn't be here today without Doncaster Women's Aid'

04 March 2016
Doncaster Women's Aid faces closure after losing its funding after 40 years in the South Yorkshire town. Emma, a survivor of domestic violence, will be joining a protest in the town tomorrow, Saturday, against the closure. She told Socialist Worker that the service saved her life - and that women will be in greater danger if it goes.

Reports round-up

02 February 2016
Stoppage on Financial Times | Friends of the Earth conference backs action on climate change | Protesters take on plans for fracking | Stand with Kurds against a new war | Scottish leftists say leave the EU | Cash splashed on academy transfers | Women-haters met by protests

Waging war in the name of women

26 January 2016
Our rulers often push racism to aid their war drives, while telling us they are defending women. Sadie Robinson demolishes their lies—and says liberation can only come from below

Traditionally submissive? Muslims mock David Cameron's racism

26 January 2016
Muslim women took to social media to mock Tory David Cameron’s racist and sexist slur that they are “traditionally submissive”.

Jail threat over abortion attempt sparks pro-choice protests

19 January 2016
Pro-choice activists have taken to the streets against a decision to prosecute a woman for trying to bring about an abortion.

Anti-racists in Germany take on politicians promoting panic over refugees

12 January 2016
Racist politicians are trying to use horrific New Year’s Eve attacks on women in German cities to push back against solidarity with refugees. Their attempts are also boosting racist groups.

Sexism is not a foreign import—German socialists respond to Cologne attacks

08 January 2016
Dozens of women were sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve in Germany. But rather than connecting the events to everyday sexist violence, politicians and the media have turned to stoking up racism. Silke Stöckle and Marion Wegscheider respond in this article for socialist group Marx21

Reports round-up

03 November 2015
Protest at Jack the Ripper museum; Fast Food Rights campaign; anti-racists in Kent; Palestine solidarity; High Court ruling

Feminism in London conference debates women's liberation

27 October 2015
Feminism in London brought together up to 1,000 people for a weekend conference last Saturday and Sunday. 

Clara Zetkin—a class fighter

20 October 2015
Activists have always fought over Clara Zetkin’s contribution to women’s liberation. Judith Orr argues that she was a revolutionary who saw workers as key to ending oppression

Suffragette—the revolt that won the vote

13 October 2015
The upsurge of radicalism that won women the vote is well worth celebrating. But, Judith Orr argues, it was more than a movement led by the middle classes seen in the new film Suffragette. It involved a mass movement of thousands of working class women fighting for their class

Soldiers and Suffragettes: the Photography of Christina Broom

06 October 2015
Christina broom was one of the first press photographers in Britain. Her photographs—some never displayed before—capture London in the beginning of the 20th century. Royal pomp continues as the city mobilises for the slaughter of the First World War, but powerful social movements are also pushing for change. 

The Ascent of Woman—looking at pre-history helps us understand oppression

01 September 2015
BBC series The Ascent of Woman acknowledges that women’s oppression hasn’t always existed—but can’t explain why

‘Marxism insists we can have a society without women's oppression’

01 September 2015
Socialist Worker editor Judith Orr spoke about her new book Marxism and Women’s Liberation

Offensive Jack the Ripper museum opens to protest

11 August 2015
Up to 200 hundred protesters demonstrated outside the new Jack the Ripper museum when it opened in Cable Street, east London last week.

Outrage as anti-choice protesters close abortion clinic

28 July 2015
An abortion clinic’s forced closure shows activists must be ready to take on the bigots, says Judith Orr

Sexist double standards for women politicans

21 July 2015
The New Statesman magazine ran a particularly unenlightened front page last week, even by its standards.

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