Sylvia Pankhurst

Ideas for Freedom 2014: Radical Walking Tour

Date: 

3 July, 2014 - 17:00 to 19:30

Location: 

Meet at Bow Church DLR

Description: 

Ideas for Freedom 2014 opens with a radical walking tour of London's East End, taking in sites of significance to working-class and women's movement struggles.

The left-wing suffragettes of Syliva Pankhurst, the Bryant & May match factory workers, and the rebel Poplar Councillors all feature, in a tour that shows that the history of East London is not one of downtrodden and benighted paupers but of self-organised working-class militants fighting for freedom.

The walk will last around two hours, and will end in a pub! Donations of £5 (£3 unwaged) are requested, to assist with the cost of running Ideas for Freedom.

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Manifesto of the Revolutionary Socialist Party of Ireland, 1919

A manifesto published by the small Revolutionary Socialist Party in Ireland in 1919, and reprinted in the international communist press.

Introduction: In 1919 it looked to many - to Lenin and Trotsky, for instance - as if the capitalist system was breaking down and that a working class revolution was beginning, at least in Europe. There was tremendous working class militancy all across Europe. Short-lived Soviet Republics were set up in Hungary and Bavaria.

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South London AWL: The other suffragettes - Sylvia Pankhurst and the working-class women's movement

Date: 

28 October, 2010 - 20:00 to 22:00

Location: 

The White Horse pub, Peckham Rye (ten minutes from Peckham Rye station)

Description: 

Hosted by South London AWL.

Sylvia Pankhurst was a prominent campaigner for votes for women, who was thrown out of the official Suffragette movement for opposing British capitalism and imperialism and seeking to organise working-class women in a struggles for votes for all - not just for rich ladies. Helping to build a powerful working-class women's movement in the East End of London, she became a communist and a supporter of the Russian revolution.

Come and discuss her story, the story of the movement she helped build and its lessons for socialists and feminists today.

Some articles on Sylvia Pankhurst
"Sylvia Pankhurst: an organiser for working-class women"
"Sylvia Pankhurst and democracy"

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Sylvia Pankhurst: The Red Suffragette

Biographer Patricia Romero ("Sylvia Pankhurst: Portrait of a Radical", Yale University Press) is bewildered by Sylvia Pankhurst's support for the Bolsheviks. But Sylvia knew what she was doing...

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Sylvia Pankurst

Author: 

Jo from London

In History at school, we are often given very distinctive impressions of the women’s suffrage movement – that there were two main groups, with two very different methods of gaining the women’s v

"Votes for ladies" or working-class women's self-organisation?

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1917: an anti-Jewish pogrom in London

By Sylvia Pankhurst

The following account by Sylvia Pankhurst is of a police-sponsored pogrom against Jewish immigrants in London’s East End is taken from an issue of Women’s Dreadnought from 26 May 1917.

The great Whitechapel and Commercial Roads run through the heart of the London Jewish and immigrant quarter. Russians, Romanians, Armenians, peoples of all oppressed nationalities live here, Jews forming the majority, for Jews, the people who have no country, are always most cruelly oppressed by tyrannical Governments.

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Sylvia Pankhurst: an organiser for working-class women

Author: 

Jill Mountford

"The name of our paper, the Woman's Dreadnought, is symbolic of the fact that the women who are fighting for freedom must fear nothing. It suggests also the policy of social care and reconstruction which is the policy of awakening womanhood throughout the world, as opposed to the cruel, disorganised struggle for existence amongst individuals and nations from which Humanity has suffered in the past... the chief duty of the Dreadnought will be to deal with the franchise question from the working-woman's point of view... (and) to review the whole field of the women's emancipation movement."

Having been expelled from the suffragette organisation the Women's Social and Political Union by her mother Emmeline and sister Christabel, in 1914 Sylvia Pankhurst launched a working-class women's paper in the East End of London.

Marxist Theory and History: 

Sylvia Pankhurst and Democracy

Author: 

Susan Carlyle and Sean Matgamna

The development of industrial society threw masses of women into the factories. Whole industries, like the cotton industry, had a majority of women and children workers, existing in terrible conditions of super exploitation; as Marx put it in Capital, “Robbed of all that had previously been considered necessary for life".(1)

Communism and democracy in the work of the great feminist.

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