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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952) was a Russian communist organizer. She was exiled for conducting underground political work in 1908, but returned to Russia after the February 1917 revolution. To commemorate International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, Liberation...

What is women’s oppression and is it inevitable?

Several years ago, then-president of Harvard University, Lawrence Summers, faced widespread criticism for suggesting that women are less able to succeed in math and science due to their “innate differences” with men. Women scientists from the same...

The history of IWD: Women’s power is people’s power!

March 8 marks the 99th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The date honors the economic, political and social achievements of working-class women worldwide. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in the United States on Feb. 28, 1909, following a...

Mother Jones: Union organizer, revolutionary agitator

Mother Jones: Union organizer, revolutionary agitator

"The workers asked only for bread and a shortening of the long hours of toil. The agitators gave them visions. The police gave them clubs." —Mother Jones West Virginia district attorney Reese Blizzard dubbed Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, "the most dangerous woman in...

Socialist revolution and women’s liberation

This article first appeared in March 2005's Socialism and Liberation magazine. In 1949, the story of a young woman named "Gold Flower" became known around the world as an example of the path toward liberation taken by millions of Chinese women. Civil war was raging...

Remembering Coretta Scott King

Remembering Coretta Scott King

On Jan. 31, Coretta Scott King passed away at age 78. She was a leader within the Civil Rights movement, a woman who fought for economic and social justice for the Black community, the LGBT community and poor and working people. Coretta Scott was born in Heiberger,...

The revolutionary role of women in Cuba

“Revolution within the Revolution.” This is what Cuba calls the struggle for women’s equality. This phrase is used because even though the social system and economic conditions in Cuba were fundamentally transformed by the revolution, social relations could not be...