The German socialist women's movement 1890-1914

Submitted by Janine on Mon, 10/10/2005 - 12:16

Or ... the greatest socialist feminist story ever told. A century ago, Germany saw the biggest ever mobilisation of working-class women fighting for socialism.

How did they do it? To my mind, there are three crucial things you have to look at:

  • a detailed organising strategy
  • the relationship of the socialist women to bourgeois feminists
  • distinct structures for women within the labour movement

I have finally got round to posting a series of articles I wrote several years ago which tell this brilliant story, try to draw some lessons, and argue with some of the alternative analyses of this movement (from, for example, Jean Quataert, and Tony Cliff).