Socialist feminism! Everyday sexism! Women's struggles past and present!
My illustrated talk about Minnie Lansbury, followed by several poets, myself included.
At Kingsley Hall, Bow, East London.
Facebook event here.
A brief comment prompted by the verdict in the trial of Oscar Pistorius for killing Reeva Steenkamp:
I've been trying to glean
What the court might mean
By 'culpable homicide'
I now understand -
You were a bit out of hand
And someone or other died
This article is the first section of the Workers' Liberty pamphlet 'Comrades and Sisters', about socialism and women's liberation. It tells the story of women's struggle for liberation: from the French Revolution and the birth of feminism, through the fight for the vote, up to the 70s women's movement, Thatcherism and the backlash against feminism.
The Rights of Woman
The second section of the Workers' Liberty pamphlet 'Comrades and Sisters' looks at women's situation today.
Domestic work, (badly-)paid work, the vast gulf between working-class and ruling-class women. Women in communities, and women in the welfare state. Religious fundamentalism, the state, New Labour and family values.
How can Marxism explain women's oppression?
Housework is Horrid
The final section of the Workers' Liberty pamphlet 'Comrades and Sisters' looks at what socialism can offer women, and what sort of movement we need to win liberation.
Formal Equality and its Limits
This is the speech I gave at RMT Women's Conference in launching the union's model Domestic Violence policy:
Today is International Women’s Day. Actually, it’s International Working Women’s Day, set up over 100 years ago by socialist women in the workers’ movement to fight for our rights.
I wrote this article for Labour Briefing in April 2013:
On International Working Women’s Day, set up over 100 years ago by socialist women in the workers’ movement to fight for our rights, RMT launched our model policy for transport employers about domestic violence.