Identity & Oppression

A growing feeling of alienation, injustice and oppression is feeding a general movement of rebellion among women against the existing state of affairs. The awakening of millions of women, especially the younger generation who feel a burning indignation about the discrimination, oppression and humiliation to which they are subjected under an unjust system is a profoundly progressive and revolutionary phenomenon that we should celebrate and support with the utmost enthusiasm.

It goes without saying that Marxists stand one hundred percent in favour of the complete emancipation of women. There cannot be the slightest hesitation, ambiguity or doubt about this. We must fight against the oppression of women at all levels, not just in words but in deeds. Under no circumstances can we allow the impression that this is somehow a secondary issue that can be subsumed under the general category of the class struggle. It would be fatal for the cause of Marxism if women believed that Marxists are prepared to postpone the struggle for their rights until after the victory of socialism. That is entirely false and a vicious caricature of revolutionary Marxism.

While it is true that the complete emancipation of women (and men) can only be achieved in a classless society, it is equally true that such a society can only be achieved through the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism. Women cannot be expected to put to one side their immediate, pressing demands and await the arrival of socialism. The victory of the Socialist revolution is unthinkable without the day-to-day struggle for advance under capitalism.

– From Marxism vs Identity Politics

(See our separate sections on Struggle for Women's Emancipation and LGBT)

Title Created Date Author
The lessons of Stonewall: 50 years on 28 June 2019 Laurie O’Connel
50 years after Stonewall: revive LGBTQ radicalism! 27 June 2019 Fightback
Spain: 8 March – working women stand against the Francoist right 13 March 2019 Lucha de Clases
Italy: 8 March strike is just the beginning! 08 March 2019 Grazia Bellamente
[Video] From abortion rights to feminist strikes 08 March 2019 Ellen Morton and Fiona Lali
Spain: for a 24-hour general strike on 8 March! 07 March 2019 Susana López and Aura Orbe
Israel: 20,000 protest in Tel Aviv against violence towards women 11 December 2018 Correspondent in Tel Aviv
[Video] The Suffragettes and the fight for equality: a century of struggle 22 November 2018 Natasha Sorrell
Britain: Glasgow council workers strike for equality 25 October 2018 Amy Dean and Shaun Morris
Marxism vs Identity Politics 28 September 2018 In Defence of Marxism
Britain: Tory cuts fuel domestic violence and abuse 27 June 2018 Ellen Morton
The Dagenham machinists strike and the struggle for equality 08 June 2018 Natasha Sorrell
Canada: important public meeting on sexual revolution in the Soviet Union 31 May 2018 Marissa Olanick and Jessica Cassell
Ireland abortion referendum: a mighty blow against the Catholic Church 28 May 2018 Ben Curry
Ireland: 8th amendment repealed! 26 May 2018 In Defence of Marxism
Repeal the 8th! – Irish abortion referendum rattles the establishment 24 May 2018 Kelly Joyce
Letter to Stalin: “can a homosexual be in the Communist Party?” 10 May 2018 Harry Whyte
The Sexual Revolution in Russia 02 May 2018 Dr Grigory Batkis
La Manada affair reveals the rotten character of the Spanish state 30 April 2018 Arturo Rodríguez
Bolshevik decriminalisation of homosexuality – intentional or oversight? 18 April 2018 Fred Weston
From emancipation to criminalisation: Stalinist persecution of homosexuals from 1934 13 April 2018 Fred Weston
The origin and historical development of 8 March 09 March 2018 Miguel Jiménez
Spain: women's day strike “almost a revolution” 09 March 2018 Jorge Martin
[Video] 100 years on: How women won the vote 09 March 2018 Natasha Sorrell
Spain: 8 March feminist strike – what kind of strike do we need? 09 March 2018 Nadia García and Aura Orbe
Fight women’s oppression, fight capitalism! International Marxist Tendency statement, March 8 08 March 2018 International Marxist Tendency
[Video] Women, the Family, and the Russian Revolution 08 March 2018 Emily Cosentino
Care work or domestic slavery? 08 March 2018 Susana López
Reading guide: women and the Russian Revolution 14 November 2017 In Defence of Marxism
LGBT: Liberation and Revolution 12 September 2017 Alessio Marconi, Editorial Board of Rivoluzione
Marxism vs. Intersectionality 13 July 2017 Jessica Cassell
Women before, during and after the Russian Revolution 10 March 2017 Marie Frederiksen
100 Years Ago, Women Sparked the Russian Revolution 08 March 2017 Fanny Labelle
Violence against women – an international movement in search of revolution 06 March 2017 Women’s Commission of Sinistra Classe Rivoluzione
Women’s emancipation: Hillary Clinton vs the class struggle 08 March 2016 Jessica Cassell
Crisis of capitalism hits women workers hardest: whatever happened to women’s wage equality? 08 March 2016 Fred Weston
[Video] Marxism and Feminism 30 June 2014 Ylva Vinberg
Women in First World War Britain: Exploitation, revolt and betrayal 07 March 2014 Ana Muñoz
Women's oppression: where it comes from and how to fight it 09 September 2013 Rachel Gibbs and Claire Martin
Women in the Paris Commune 08 March 2012 Christina Gridley and Carolyn Kemp
Women and the crisis of capitalism: Fighting back on a class basis! 21 September 2011 Dan Cooper
Women’s struggle and class struggle 08 March 2010 Marie Frederiksen
[Audio] Women and Revolution 06 March 2009 Lis Mandl
Rosa Luxemburg and the women’s question – “Marxism in her Bloodstream” 15 January 2009 Lis Mandl
[Audio] 100 years of International Women's Day 07 March 2008 Barbara Humphries
[Audio] Women and the Labour Movement 30 January 2008 Barbara Humphries
Women and Revolution - On International Working Women's Day 2005 08 March 2005 Miriam Martin
The Emancipation of Women in Russia before and after the Russian Revolution 08 March 2004 Elisabetta Rossi
From the rice fields to the modern day call centers - Marxism vs. Feminism 10 October 2002 Sonia Previato
The role of women in the trade unions and the struggle of the PTUDC 19 April 2002 Rukhsana Manzoor