By CHRISTINE MARIE “We are the feminist, trans feminist, anti-racist, antifascist tide that will take over Verona, opening up liberating spaces which were born from the global power of the International Women Strike!” So concludes the call for action that put 30,000 feminists and their allies on the streets on March 31 to protest a … Continue reading Feminists lead in the global class struggle
By KYLE HARRINGTON and RYAN BALBONI On Feb. 7 and 8, two leading feminists toured Connecticut. Audiences heard Lucía Cavallero, a member of Ni Una Menos, an Argentine feminist collective that has repeatedly put hundreds of thousands of women on the streets in protests against femicide, and Julia Cámara, a member of the coordinating body of … Continue reading International Women’s Strike: ‘If we stop, the world stops’
By ANN MONTAGUE The new wave of teachers’ strikes suggests one way that the fight for women’s liberation from the privatized tasks of social reproduction may unfold. The recent one-week strike in Los Angeles, which featured demands to arrest the privatization of public education and improve student health services, reaffirms the potential of political strikes … Continue reading Teachers’ strikes are women’s strikes
The following statement was initiated by International Women’s Strike. We are calling for Feminism for the 99% contingents in the upcoming Women’s Marches of January 19. This past year has confirmed that corporate feminism, that is afraid to challenge the prerogatives of capitalism, has no solution to the crisis that women and LGBTQIA communities are … Continue reading For a feminism of the 99 percent!
By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL Donald Trump, the misogynist-in-chief, daily tweets out his hate-filled rhetoric, serving up women, immigrants, and people of color as red meat to his hungry base, always ready to blame the least powerful for capitalism’s crimes. In the meantime, Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s entitled, over-privileged Supreme Court nominee, likes beer and torture and “deserves” … Continue reading Join the Women’s Marches on Jan. 19: For a feminism of the 99 percent!
By ANN MONTAGUE Two ballot measures, on immigration and on abortion rights, were rejected by large margins in Oregon on Nov. 6. The attack on immigrants would have repealed Oregon 31-year-old sanctuary law, which protected immigrants from discrimination and federal immigration law enforcement. It was the first such law in the nation. The local organization … Continue reading Oregonians reject reactionary ballot measures
By LISA LUINENBURG In a stunning victory for women, Ireland officially removed its nearly total ban on abortions in late September. The change was a result of a referendum on May 25 of this year, in which 66.4% of voters (to 33.6% against) overwhelmingly voted for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, … Continue reading Ireland will offer free abortions
By ANN MONTAGUE Outrage continues to spread throughout the United States over President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, currently on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has been roundly criticized for his reactionary rulings against labor and protections for the environment, and scorned for his opinions … Continue reading Nationwide protests demand: Stop Kavanaugh!
UPDATE, May 26 — Votes are still being counted, but exit polls predict that the repeal of the Eighth Amendment has won overwhelmingly. It is expected that the "yes" vote will amount to about 68 percent of those voting. It is a great victory for women’s right to choose. Socialist Democracy urges all socialists and … Continue reading Ireland: Repeal the Eighth! Defend the Right to Choose! Separate Church and State!
By CHRISTINE MARIE “Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression.” Edited by Tithi Bhattacharya; forward by Lise Vogel (London: Pluto Press 2017). Social reproduction feminism is not new. Marxist thinkers began to focus in earnest on the relationship between production and social reproduction in capitalist society nearly 40 years ago, in the context of what … Continue reading Essays on feminism and Marxist theory
By JULIA CAMARA On March 8, International Women’s Day, over 5 million took part in an unprecedented “feminist strike” in cities throughout the Spanish state. They participated in two-hour walk-outs and rallied under the slogan, “If we stop, the world stops.” This article was first posted on March 10 on the Viento Sur website. The … Continue reading ‘The feminists are here’
By CELESTE MURILLO and ANDREA D’ATRI The authors are members of Pan y Rosas (Bread and Roses), a feminist organization in Argentina. This article was written in 2017 and first appeared in Left Voice. We are re-printing it on March 8, 2018, as a contribution to the discussion on the goals and strategy of the … Continue reading Our feminism must be anti-capitalist
By CHRISTINE MARIE On Jan. 30, around 100 people gathered at Verso Books in Brooklyn, N.Y., to participate in the launch of a campaign of action in solidarity with the International Women’s Strike (IWS) that will be held around the globe on March 8—a date celebrated as International Women’s Day by the working-class movement. This … Continue reading Brooklyn meeting builds March 8 women’s strike
By ANN MONTAGUE Once again women hit the streets on Jan. 20 and 21. The U.S. marches were decentralized in nature but the turnout was high. They reflected the burning anger and determination to resist that many women feel under the looming shadow of President Trump. Last year, the marches took place on the first … Continue reading Women’s Marches get a huge turnout nationwide
By ERNIE GOTTA The movement of working women and the fightback against sexual harassment, abuse, and rape on the job is growing. The movement is challenging past practices of human resource departments and management everywhere that are guilty of sweeping sexual harassment complaints under the rug. For generations, women have been silenced on the job … Continue reading Women build resistance to sexual harassment on the job
By ANN MONTAGUE Last year the largest protest in the history of this country brought 4 million women into the streets. A march that was originally organized as a women’s protest on the first day that President Trump sat in the White House, Jan. 21, quickly morphed into over 600 marches in cities and towns … Continue reading All out for the women’s marches, Jan. 20-21!
By CHRISTINE MARIE Following is the text of a talk delivered by the author on Nov. 4 at the “The Solution is Socialism” educational conference in Connecticut. The conference was hosted by the Youth for Socialist Action chapter at Central Connecticut State University, where the sessions were held. Usually, when I begin a talk about … Continue reading How capitalism uses gender oppression to rule
By a WORKING CARPENTER The Philadelphia city council passed a law allowing the city to secure loans for a program to renovate city parks, recreation centers and libraries called Rebuild Philadelphia. Some council members expressed skepticism about the program, asking whether any of the jobs created would go to people living the neighborhoods where the … Continue reading Philadelphia City Council pushes ‘diversity’ in the building trades
By CHRISTINE MARIE and ANN MONTAGUE This is a particularly important moment to be considering the meaning of the Russian Revolution for women, LGBTQI activists, and gender politics. We have seen the protests against the Misogynist in Chief by more than 3 million U.S. women being channeled into clubs to rebuild the Democratic Party in … Continue reading Women & gender politics in the Russian Revolution
By ANN MONTAGUE The organizers of the International Women’s Day Strikes issued a comprehensive statement encouraging women to support the May Day actions this year. It was entitled, “No Ban, No Wall, No ICE,” and said in part, “We come together with the understanding that our exploitation as waged and unwaged workers have a common … Continue reading Women activists came together on May Day
By ANN MONTAGUE Cinzia Arruzza, an organizer of the International Women’s Strike, US and a Marxist feminist writer and activist, has stated in interviews that “feminists are currently leading the way.” In the United States in the last three months, women clearly have led in organizing the largest mobilizations—such as the Women’s Marches on Jan. … Continue reading Women’s strikes: Forward to May 1!
After March 8, International Women’s Day, which had bigger and more widespread mobilizations around an internationally coordinated call than have been seen for many years, Penelope Duggan from International Viewpoint spoke to Cinzia Arruzza, one of the organizers of the U.S. Women’s Strike and a well-known Marxist feminist writer and activist, about the broader significance of these mobilizations. … Continue reading ‘Feminists are currently leading the way’
By MARK UGOLINI — CHICAGO — Over 1000 trade-union women and supporters gathered at the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Hall on Mar. 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day and declare solidarity with women everywhere struggling to protect and extend woman’s rights. Chairing the rally, Adriana Alvarez of Fight for $15 spoke of the struggle of … Continue reading Chicago Teachers Union hosts International Women’s Day Protest
By ANN MONTAGUE International Women’s Day, March 8, is set as the date for women’s strikes around the world. This event comes on the heels of a series of strikes and mass demonstrations last year when women poured into the streets of Poland, Ireland, Turkey, Italy, Argentina, and Iceland. This time, the call by the … Continue reading Women on strike around the world
By ANN MONTAGUE Women in Ireland are going on strike to protest the country’s ban on abortions. In Ireland it is a crime to have an abortion, and the procedure carries a 14-year prison sentence. There are no exceptions for rape or incest or when the fetus cannot survive outside the womb due to a … Continue reading Women in Ireland call March 8 strike