Talking socialist feminism

Submitted by Anon on 3 May, 2007 - 9:21

Over 60 people attended Workers' Liberty’s “The case for socialist feminism” dayschool in London on Saturday 21 April.

In the opening session Jean Lane of Workers’ Liberty talked about how teaching assistants and support workers had successfully fought redundancies at a school in East London. Mary Partington of the Socialist Youth Network and Feminists 4 John McDonnell related socialist feminist ideas to the political struggle in the labour movement.

Other sessions covered basic Marxist arguments about women’s liberation, women’s struggles in Iran, with Iranian socialist feminist activist Azar Sheibani, organising in the labour movement for working-class women, socialist feminist attitudes towards towards porn, sex work and prostitution, and a debate between Workers’ Liberty and Selma James of Global Women’s Strike on the latter’s demand for “wages for housework”.

We hope to continue the political discussion — by organising a socialist feminist discussion group in London, and maybe a second dayschool in the north of England.

An evening fund raising social for the Organisation of Women's Freedom on Iraq raised £150.

For more details on further socialist feminist political discussion email: volsunga@gmail.com

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