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Obituary: Betty Friedan (1921-2006)

Betty Friedan, who died last month, was a key figure in the modern women’s movement. Her book, The Feminine Mystique, published in the United States in 1963, galvanised women into…

Obituary: Andrea Dworkin, wrong target

Andrea Dworkin died last month. Dworkin was seen by most as an intransigent, man-hating radical feminist. She wrote extensively about male violence, drawing upon her own experiences. Dworkin had a…

All pain, no gain for Iraqi women

“Respect for women… can triumph in the Middle East and beyond!” President George Bush at the UN, September 2002 Since the US/UK invasion on Iraq something has practically vanished from…

Votes for Women: socialists and feminists in the suffrage movement

Workers Power 279 October 2003 One hundred years ago this month the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) was founded. The WSPU became the militant wing of a mass movement…

Sylvia Pankhurst and the east end suffragettes

Sylvia Pankhurst developed a very different view from her mother and older sister of how the vote for women could be achieved. Although she did not speak out against it,…

Clara Zetkin and the struggle for a working class women’s movement

  The period of the 1880’s and 1890’s in Germany was a period of rapid industrialisation carried through under the guidance of the repressive German state. It saw the birth…

Marxism and Women’s Liberation

Published by Workers Power in 1998, this pamphlet updates our work on the origins and nature of the oppression of women by tackling the recent debates in the Feminist movement.…

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