Women's rights and Feminism

The story of Votes for Women

Submitted by Matthew on 14 February, 2018 - 1:06 Author: Jill Mountford

The first leaflet in Britain to “insist” on woman’s suffrage was written in 1847 by a prominent woman Chartist, Anne Knight. Seventy years later women over 30, with certain property qualifications, were granted the right to vote as part of the Representation of the Peoples Act in February 1918.

Tesco equal pay fight

Submitted by Matthew on 14 February, 2018 - 8:45 Author: Charlotte Zalens

Tesco faces an equal pay claim over pay gaps between its mainly female shop floor staff and its mainly male warehouse and distribution staff. Law firm Leigh Day has submitted claims through Acas on behalf of 100 shop workers, This is likely to be followed by a submission to an employment tribunal. Similar cases are currently in the employment tribunal process against Asda and Sainsbury′s.

Against the "my enemy's enemy is my friend" binary: an interview with Meredith Tax AWL Sun, 02/04/2018 - 19:33

Meredith Tax has been a prominent feminist voice and political activist since the late 1960s. She is the author of several books including The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict, 1880–1917, Double Bind: The Muslim Right, The Anglo-American Left, and Universal Human Rights, and A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State, as well as two historical novels, Rivington Street and Union Square. Her 1969 essay “Woman and her Mind: The Story of Everyday Life” helped influence the US women’s liberation movement.

"We, the democrats and feminists from Muslim backgrounds, have been deleted"

Submitted by AWL on 4 February, 2018 - 7:19

Anissa Hélie is an assistant professor at John Jay College in New York. Her articles include “Multiculturalist Liberalism and Harms to Women: Looking Through the Issue of the ‘Veil’” and “Policing gender, sexuality and ‘Muslimness’” in the book Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Resistance and Restrictions, which she co-edited with Homa Hoodfar.

Secularism is a women's issue: an interview with Marieme Helie-Lucas AWL Sun, 02/04/2018 - 19:00

Marieme Helie Lucas is an Algerian sociologist and the founder and former International Coordinator of the “Women Living Under Muslim Laws” international solidarity organization. Helie Lucas also is the founder of “Secularism is a Women’s Issue.” Helie Lucas has long been a critic of Western human rights organizations’ sole focus on the crimes of the state as opposed to the crimes of non-state actors. She is a fierce champion of secularism in governance and a harsh critic of all forms of religious fundamentalism.

Corbyn: transwomen welcome on all-women shortlists Matthew Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:23

On the Andrew Marr show on Sunday 28 January, Jeremy Corbyn affirmed that “the position of the party is that where you have self-identified as a woman, then you are treated as a woman.”

Although the NEC is yet to make a formal announcement, it is expected that it will affirm that transwomen can self-define in order to stand on all-women shortlists and in women’s sections of the Labour Party, and will not be asked to have a Gender Recognition Certificate.

French feminists debate response to #metoo

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:25 Author: Sarah Chiche for initial article. Response from the undersigned

Published by Solidarity for interest and information

It all started with a pretty stunning discussion with a publisher about a text that I had written, which is being published.

During this discussion, she said to me that these days it would be very unfashionable to speak so candidly about sexuality and love. And she followed this up by saying that, what’s more, a novel like The Sexual Life of Catherine M by Catherine Millet would almost certainly never get published.