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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 March 2017

International Women's Day

Fighting for liberation and socialism

International Women's Day 2017

International Women's Day 2017   (Click to enlarge)

Tessa Warrington, Leicester Socialist Party

Women are on the move. They're on the move against Donald Trump in the US with millions on the 'women's marches'. They're on the move against attacks on reproductive rights in Ireland and Poland with a huge women's strike last year.

They're on the move against the legalisation of child rape in Turkey with massive demonstrations. And they're going to be on the move again on 8 March - International Women's Day.

This year's International Women's Day commemorates the 100th anniversary of the heroic struggle of women textile workers in St Peterburg who walked out in unofficial strike action in 1917, demanding bread and herrings to feed their families. That strike marked the start of the Russian revolution, a struggle against the oppressive monarchy but also against the capitalist system.

100 years later women are still suffering under capitalism. The impact of austerity has been disproportionate on women. We make up the majority of the public sector workforce facing job cuts.

We rely on child benefits, maternity pay and flexible working to maintain a degree of financial independence while raising our children, all of which are now under attack.

Cuts

Access to contraception, safe abortions and safe childbirth are all threatened with the massive 22 billion scheduled cuts to the NHS.

We are the most likely to take on caring for the elderly as public care homes are closed and privatised, and suffer increased domestic and sexual violence as women's refuges and rape crisis centres are shut down. We have many reasons to be angry, many reasons to move into action.

For the first time ever, women make up the majority of trade union members in this country. Making appeals to women that fighting austerity is necessary to fighting their own oppression is a key task for the trade unions.

The international movements clearly show that many women are open to methods traditionally used by workers' struggles, like strikes, and to socialist ideas. We need those women to join the Socialist Party to fight for an alternative in the struggles to come.


See also:

Lessons of the Russian revolution for women's struggle today

and

Protests and walkouts around the world for International Women's Day

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In The Socialist 1 March 2017:


Save #OurNHS

Build a movement to save our NHS

Reinstate the bursaries for student nurses now!

Grantham: 1,000 march for reopening of A&E

NHS England missing paperwork scandal

Heart centre closure consultation 'farce'

NHS v RBS


Socialist Party women

International Women's Day

Women's protests and walkouts around the world

Lessons of Russia 1917 for women's struggle today

Why I joined the Socialist Party

How black women fought racism and sexism at Nasa

Fight like Poplar's women councillors to change the lives of family carers


What we think

Byelections: Break with Labour Blairism wasn't on offer


Socialist Party feature

Debates on building the anti-Trump movement


Workplace news and analysis

"I worked from 9am to 11.30pm with only one break"

Warehouse workers walk out over pay and pensions

Derby teaching assistants continue fight against 6,000 a year pay cut

Picturehouse strikers blockade Leicester Square

Ford workers demand answers to Bridgend plant sourcing questions

Hearing into alleged rule-breaking by Unison ends

Leeds: Protest against tip stealing

Mixed Fleet cabin crew announce more strike days

RMT plans protest against 'driver only' Merseyrail trains

Southern Rail strike continues

May Day greetings in the Socialist


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Unions demand that Corbyn-supporting mayor protects services

Bristol cuts: the fight goes on

Tower Hamlets: There is an alternative, Mr Biggs

Spelthorne: we need socialist councillors

York University: socialists prevent far-right hate speech

Socialist Party Wales conference report

Northern region Socialist Party conference


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

The Socialist Inbox

What we saw


 

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Related links:

Women:

triangleSocialist Party national women's meeting

triangleSocialist Party national women's meeting: Perspectives for women and class struggle in Britain

triangleWest London Socialist Party: What are the roots of women's oppression?

triangleEngels on the origins of women's oppression

triangleScotland: Campaign wins end to period poverty

Strike:

triangleRolls-Royce Barnoldswick factory future secured following strike action

triangleBritish Gas strike continues

trianglePlymouth rent strike continues

triangleBritish Gas workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

Socialist:

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: Socialist feminism

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: Why does capitalism keep failing?

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: Why support TUSC?

Austerity:

triangleLondoners suffer and Khan piles on pressure

triangleNottingham City Council: Major battles against cuts ahead

Cuts:

triangleNews in brief

Trump:

triangleTrump Twitter ban: only independent workers' voice can defeat right

Russian revolution:

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: The 1917 Russian revolution

Revolution:

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Trotsky's 'Permanent Revolution' and its relevance today

Rape:

triangleWeinstein found guilty

Oppression:

triangleNigeria protests shake regime

Maternity:

triangleMaternity unit deaths - democratic, public ownership needed

Care Homes:

triangleLiverpool Council must save care homes

Children:

triangleTeachers: On the front line, in their own words

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