Socialist Feminism is a
perspective that examines women's social situation as shaped by both patriarchy and patriarchal gender relations and by the class
structure of capitalism.
Socialist Feminism sees gender and
class oppression as inseparable and rather than working
for the equality of women within a liberal, democratic capitalist society. Socialist
Feminism argues for the equality of women within a society that is not dependent upon the
exploitation of one group by another, that is, a classless society.
What is Socialist
Feminism? By Barbara Ehrenreich - Is Socialist Feminism a fad seized on by a few
disgruntled feminists and female socialists, a temporary distraction? - I want to try to
cut through some of the mystery which has grown tip around socialist feminism. A logical
way to start is to look at socialism and feminism separately. How does a socialist, more precisely, a
Marxist, look at the world? How does a feminist?
To begin with, Marxism and feminism have an important thing in common: they are
critical ways of looking at the world. Both rip away popular mythology and "common
sense" wisdom and force us to look at experience in a new way. Both seek to
understand the world in terms of antagonisms. They lead to conclusions which are jarring
and disturbing at the same time that they are liberating. There is no way to have a
Marxist or feminist outlook and remain a spectator. To understand the reality laid bare by
these analyses is to move into action to change it. "What is socialist
feminism?" article published in WIN Magazine in 1976.
socialist-feminism: the challenge of racism - Kum-Kum
Bhavnani and Margaret Coulson - Feminist Review (2005) 80, 8797.
Feminism and the socialist
undone? - Angela McRobbie
Abstract: This article proposes that Butler's recent writing encourages understanding of
an intersection of forces, specifically the undoing of feminism and the socialist
tradition. There is also a crisis in the politics of hegemony
through processes of disarticulation, as queer politics breaks its earlier ties with
socialist feminism through narrowly presenting claims of entitlement in terms of being,
for or against, marriage.
Fighting the Feminization of Poverty:
Socialist-Feminist Analysis and Strategy - Wendy Sarvasy, Judith Vanallen
Socialist feminism provides a necessary corrective to the strict feminization of poverty
analysis by incorporating analyses of race and social class differences among women, of internal family
politics shaped by the familistic ideology, and of the contradictory role of the welfare
Socialist Feminism: A Strategy for the Women's
Chicago Women's Liberation Union, Hyde Park
"I. SOCIALIST FEMINISM
We choose to identify ourselves with the heritage and future of feminism and socialism in
our struggle for revolution. From feminism we have learned the fullness of our own
potential as women, the strength of women. We have seen our common self-interest with
other women and our common oppression. Having found these real bonds as women, we realize
we can rely on each other as we fight for liberation. Feminism has moved us to see more
concretely what becomes of people shaped by social conditions they do not control. We find
our love and hate focused through our feminism, love for other women bound by the same
conditions, hate for the oppression that binds us. A great strength we find in feminism is
the reaffirmation of human values, ideals of sisterhood: taking care of people, being
sensitive to people's needs and developing potential."
The Retreat of Marxism and Socialist Feminism: Postmodern
and Poststructural (Poststructuralism) Theories in
Education - Jean Anyon - Anyon uses her personal history as a contributor to
the resurgence of progressive scholarship in the late 1970s and early 1980s to critique
recent work in education. Anyon argues that Marxist thought has failed to develop and has
been largely abandoned by critical scholars, many of whom now seek empowerment for
teachers and students through postmodern and poststructural ideas. Anyon undertakes an
analysis of these new theories, and of their instantiation in educational scholarship that
claims to use them to foster empowerment and change. Anyon assesses the political
possibilities and consequences of these theories and the practices they entail.