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International Women’s Day 2014

The Impact of Cuts on Women By Nicola Crawford, Glasgow  It’s triple jeopardy for women living with the impact of the Tory cuts. To date almost £15 billion worth of cuts per year have been made to benefits, tax credits, ...

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International Women’s Day – The miners’ strike changed women’s lives

This year is the 30th anniversary of the 1984-85 miners’ strike. An important feature of the strike was the involvement of tens of thousands of women in a huge support network, fundraising and picketing. To mark International Women’s Day 2014 ...

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Fighting back against violence and cuts

Sinead Daly, Dundee One in three women around the world will be raped or beaten in her lifetime….that’s one BILLION women! The figures in Scotland bring little comfort.  In 2012/13, 1372 rapes, 90 attempted rapes and 7,693 sexual offices were reported ...

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Beyonce’s trivialising of violence against women

On 13 December 2013, singer Beyonce Knowles released a surprise self-titled ‘visual’ album. The promotional lead of the album was a song and video entitled ‘Drunk in love’ which depicts Beyonce on the beach singing about her sex-life with husband ...

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Women and the Struggle for Socialism

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It doesn't have to be like this.

Written by Christine Thomas

Introduction

At the turn of the millennium we were promised that women’s equality was just around the corner – and to many it really did seem possible. We had travelled such a long way compared to our grandparents and even our parents’ generations.

Legally women had the same rights as men, girls were outperforming boys in school and the labour market was so transformed that in some countries women had become a majority of the workforce. Economic and social changes were undermining traditional ideas about men and women’s roles in society and significantly altering personal relations.

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International Women’s Day 2013

International Womens Day 1917

By Diane Harvey, Sinead Daly (Socialist Party Scotland) and Eleanor Donne (Socialist Party, England and Wales)

Women and Austerity

On 8th March 1857 women garment workers marched and picketed in New York City demanding improved working conditions and equal rights.

In 1908, women marched again in New York to honour the 1857 march, demanding the vote and an end to sweatshops and child labour. In 1910 a conference of Socialist women established an International Women’s Day. Demonstrations in Petrograd marking International Women’s Day in 1917 sparked a revolution, which overthrew the Tsarist dictatorship. Women went on to play a leading role in the October Socialist Revolution in Russia.

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Protests to demand legal abortion rights in Ireland

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Posted 19th November 2012 

The death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland last week who was rushed to hospital but denied a termination that would have saved her life has led to a storm of protests across Ireland in the last few days. Thousands have taken part in demonstrations demanding an urgent change in the law to allow for abortion in Ireland. Never again should a woman in Ireland suffer such oppression. On Wednesday 21st November protests will be held at Irish Embassies, including the consulate in Edinburgh demanding the right to legal abortion. Assemble at Irish Consulate, 16 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh at 5.30pm on Wednesday.

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