Women and the Struggle for Socialism
Marxism has always been at the forefront of the struggle for women’s emancipation. The 8th of March (International Women’s Day) is a red letter day for us as it symbolizes the struggle of working class women against capitalism, oppression and discrimination throughout the world. This booklet contains a collection of articles by authors from the International Marxist Tendency and by Clara Zetkin, which outline the Marxist position on how we can eliminate inequality between men and women once and for all—through the socialist revolution. Included is an important article by Danish Marxist Marie Frederiksen on the role of women in the ongoing Egyptian Revolution, which is a tremendous source of inspiration for working class women, men, and youth around the world.
The root cause of all oppression, whether of women, racial, ethnic, or national minorities, and all other oppressed groups, is ultimately to be found in the enslavement and alienation rooted in the capitalist system. Only when this is abolished, and the conditions of life of the whole of society are transformed, will the family and the state—those twin remnants of barbarity—finally cease to exist. When the old primitive, inhuman psychology born of misery finally recedes into the past, the material conditions will have been established for a new social order in which the last vestiges of external compulsion and coercion will have disappeared and men and women will finally be able to relate to each other as free human beings.
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