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Women in history

Haiku series: International Working Women's Day

Submitted by Janine on 08 March 2016 at 07:08

Reclaim its real name
It is International
Working Women's Day

Let’s celebrate with
Words of wit and wisdom from
Inspiring women

"Freedom is always
The freedom of dissenters"
Rosa Luxemburg

"I had crossed the line
I was free but a stranger"
Harriet Tubman

Not all suffragettes
Followed the same politics
Even the Pankhursts

Become Not Women

Submitted by Admin on 16 August 2015 at 15:32

In 1848, in response to the 300-strong Convention for Woman's Rights in Seneca Falls (USA) and its Declaration of Sentiments, a Philadelphia newspaper urged the city's ladies not to join the new movement and become women but to stay as "wives, belles, virgins and mothers". Here's my poetic response:

German socialist women's movement 1890-1914: conclusions

Submitted by Janine on 11 October 2014 at 12:19

The last in a series of five articles written in 2005 - originally published here:

Divided loyalties

Socialist feminists are continually accused of ‘divided loyalties’, challenged to declare which is our priority: class or sex. It makes a lot more sense to direct this challenge at feminists who defend capitalism, or at socialist men.