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
In 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. The book was a manifesto, the founding text of feminism.
The 1790s were years when change and equality gained many new supporters. The French revolution