In the run-up to the AWL’s conference “Is This As Good As It Gets?” on 26 November we organised a speaking tour, putting the case for socialist feminism. The six AWL women who have spoken at 10 meetings so far have reported, by and large, a very positive experience.
Some of the meetings were at colleges, organised with student feminist societies. Others were organised in towns where we have AWL branch meetings.
The discussions have been enormously wide-ranging.
At Liverpool Hope University participants wanted to discuss the very basic ideas about why feminism remains a necessary political ideology, despite the formal equality that women now have in large parts of the world, but not everywhere. In Sheffield the discussion touched on why young women today might say “I’m not a feminist but…”.
On the whole the discussions have tried to get to grips with why there is a link between the struggle for female equality and against capitalism. Why does the working-class matter? How are the cuts affecting working-class women?
In Northampton the meeting had a discussion about what the women’s movement of the 1970s and 80s had managed to achieve. What kind of women’s movement do we want to see now, and in the future, and what would be its relationship to the labour movement? These meetings have touched on political ideas that do not always get talked about in the labour and other movements.
After 26 November we would like to organise meetings in more towns, colleges and union branches. To help us please email firstname.lastname@example.org.