Comrades and Sisters: women and the struggle for liberation

Are women liberated? Over two centuries, women’s lives have changes dramtically. But women still do more housework, and earn less money, than men.

In comrades and sisters Janine Booth (now the first woman to be elected to the London Transport region seat on the RMT National Executive) looks at the key moments in 200 years of women’s history, and at the relationship between the fight for women’s liberation and the struggles of the workers’ movement. Are they doomed to an unhappy marriage? Or can we win the labour movement to fight for working-class women and men?

Printed copies available for £1.50 from women@workersliberty.org, or you can read the pamphlet below.

Part 1: Women in the Past

Read the first section of the Workers’ Liberty/Women’s Fightback pamphlet ‘Comrades and Sisters’, about socialism and women’s liberation here.

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.

Part 2: Women in the Present

The second section of the Workers’ Liberty/Women’s Fightback 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?

Part 3: Women in the Future

The final section of the Workers’ Liberty/Women’s Fightback pamphlet ‘Comrades and Sisters’ looks at what socialism can offer women, and what sort of movement we need to win liberation.

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