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.Read More »
For more than a century, 8 March has been the day to commemorate and celebrate the fight of working class and revolutionary women for a better deal and a socialist society. Its origins are in the struggles for equal pay and decent conditions amongst women in the USA in the 19th century.Read More »
The 25th of November marks the start of the annual international 16 days of activism in opposition to violence against women. In two articles Sinead Daly examines the scale of violence against women – and what needs to be done to challenge and end this nightmare that affects 1 in every 5 women in Scotland.Read More »
With unemployment among women soaring by an astonishing 20% in Scotland over the last quarter, attacks on wages and pensions, cut backs in key services like Rape Crisis and Women’s Aid, and growing gender and class equalities, a serious question is posed: How women organise to defend the few gains that have been won?Read More »
Christine Thomas, author of the new book 'It doesn't have to be like this - Women and the Struggle for Socialism' spoke to Sarah Wrack about why such a book was necessary.
Christine was the Socialist Party's national women's organiser from 1994 to 2006. She has written extensively on the question of women's oppression for the Socialist newspaper and the Socialist Party's theoretical magazine Socialism Today.Read More »
Working class women are facing the brunt of job losses and the huge cuts in essential public services. Recent reports by the TUC and the UK Women’s Budget group make grim reading as they paint a devastating picture that the recession has and will continue to have on the lives of millions of women.Read More »
The Return of Sexism? — Review of “Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism” by Natasha Walter
The conclusions drawn by the influential feminist, Natasha Walter, in her latest book, Living Dolls, may surprise readers of her earlier material. In an honest reappraisal of her position, Walter now accepts that sexism and discrimination against women are ever more widespread, and that it is not possible to separate the personal from the political in capitalist society. CHRISTINE THOMAS reviews this change.
100 years of International Women’s Day
Eleanor Donne, Socialist Party England and Wales from March issue of Socialism Today
The 21st century, we were told, belongs to women. Although, that was before the global financial system all but collapsed and we entered the deepest recession since the second world war. As we approach the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (8 March), ELEANOR DONNE assesses the progress women have made in society, and what the consequences of the current economic crisis will be.Read More »
On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall the world media have been falling over themselves to commemorate events that showed once and for all that capitalism was victorious, that communism, socialism and Marxism were confined to the dustbin of history and the people of Russia and Eastern Europe can now bask in the wealth and freedom that we in the west have ‘enjoyed’ for decades.
What a crushing disappointment the reality of market capitalism has meant for the working class in these countries. Mass unemployment, poverty pay, inequality and war have been the reality for millions of people. Women, in particular, have faced the sharp edge these social and economic ‘reforms’.
Christine Thomas and Sinead DalyRead More »
End low pay and exploitation By Sinead Daly This celebration on 8 March is rooted in the courageous struggles of working class women in the US in the early 1900s. They demonstrated and struck for better working and living conditions and ...Read More »