Marxism and women's liberation

Learning lessons from the Bolshevik feminists

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Katie Turton

Katie Turton reviews Women’s Liberation and the Russian Revolution in When Workers Took Power by Paul Vernadsky


Katy Turton reviews Women’s Liberation and the Russian Revolution in When Workers Took Power by Paul Vernadsky.

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Sylvia Pankhurst: Red Suffragette and Scourge of the Empire

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Jill Mountford

An International Women's Day 2017 presentation by Jill Mountford.

An International Women's Day 2017 presentation by Jill Mountford.

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Camila Bassi on "Socialist feminism - a compass amidst an era of 'ressentiment'?"

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Camila Bassi

From Camila's soundcloud

Camila discussed the importance of socialist feminism to today.

Camila discussed the importance of socialist feminism to today.

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Stop the "anti-prostitute" vigilantes! (1994)

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Sean Matgamna

LEAVE ASIDE for the moment the question of
whether or not they should do such a thing. What hap-
pens when you set a gang of men - any men - to roam the
streets as vigilantes, harassing, bullying, and intimidating
prostitute women?

They will soon be harassing, bullying, and intimidating
women who are not prostitutes - women who by their gait,
clothes, make-up, or behaviour, or where they happen to
be on a street or in a neighbourhood, look to the gang of
men "like prostitutes".

What happens when you set a gang of men - any men - to roam the streets as vigilantes, harassing, bullying, and intimidating prostitute women?

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Stop the "anti-prostitute" vigilantes!

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

LEAVE ASIDE for the moment the question of
whether or not they should do such a thing. What hap-
pens when you set a gang of men - any men - to roam the
streets as vigilantes, harassing, bullying, and intimidating
prostitute women?

They will soon be harassing, bullying, and intimidating
women who are not prostitutes - women who by their gait,
clothes, make-up, or behaviour, or where they happen to
be on a street or in a neighbourhood, look to the gang of
men "like prostitutes."

What happens when you set a gang of men - any men - to roam the streets as vigilantes, harassing, bullying, and intimidating prostitute women?

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From radical feminism to lesbian chic

Over the last decade, much has changed in the political culture of the 'lesbian community'. Ten years ago, the dominant voices were those of 'radical feminists'.

Over the last decade, much has changed in the political culture of the 'lesbian community'. Ten years ago, the dominant voices were those of 'radical feminists'.

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Marxist ideas to turn the tide: fighting for liberation

The opening plenary of Ideas for Freedom 2013 explored key "Marxist ideas to turn the tide". Unite activist Elaine Jones discussed the idea of a workers' government, Unison shop steward Ed Whitby explained the meaning of "transitional demands" such as the call for the expropriation of the banks, and Greek revolutionary Theodora Polenta shared recent experiences of struggle and workers' control in Greece.

The text of a speech from RMT Executive and TUC Disabled Workers' Committee member Janine Booth, given in the opening plenary of Ideas for Freedom 2013.

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The Marxists on oppression

The fourth part of a review article looking at the themes of John Riddell’s new book of documents from the early communist movement.

The week Paul Hampton looks at how they debated women’s liberation and other issues of oppression.


The early Communist International’s focus was on working class self-liberation and this was reflected in the time spent on discussions on party building, work to transform the labour movement and on the specifics of class struggle strategy.

The fourth part of a review of John Riddell’s new book of documents from the early communist movement looks at how it debated women’s liberation and other issues of oppression.

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Marxism and feminism

Workers’ Liberty have been organising a series of meetings to discuss Marxism, feminism and the fight for women’s liberation today.

In Britain and internationally there is a revival of feminist ideas and activism. In past women’s movements Marxist ideas have played an important role but this isn’t so true today. It’s time to renew the link! And it is time for Workers’ Liberty to renew its Marxist feminist ideas.

In the past, Marxist ideas have played an important role in women’s movements. It’s time to renew the link!

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