Marxism and Women’s Liberation

A cutting edge guide to the way class and women’s oppression intersect, and how emancipation must be linked to system change.

The Second Wave of the fight for women’s liberation, which erupted in the late 1960s, put women’s equality on the political agenda. Nearly 50 years later much has been achieved, but inequality survives and the lives of too many women and men are blighted by an economic regime that fails to provide basic necessities, let alone the hope of liberation. This essential introduction to women’s liberation discusses the origins of sexism, the intersection of race and women’s oppression and the history of women’s struggles. It probes the movement’s strengths and weaknesses and tries to learn lessons from the past that can help in today’s struggle for real freedom.

‘a timely and valuable contribution to the discussion about the causes and consequences of women’s oppression. The collection of four essays is very accessible and also very sophisticated. The authors provide a clear and coherent Marxist analysis of women’s oppression. By doing so, they explain why we are where we are and what we can do about it.’ Judy Cox.

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