View here a presentation by author Mary Davis introducing the main points in the new edition, updated and revised, of the best-selling Women and Class. Buy it here!
THE ORIGINS OF WOMEN’S OPPRESSION: THE MARXIST VIEW
What is biological determinism?
Was Engels a biological determinist?
How & why did the family develop?
Why does women’s oppression coincide with the origin of class society?
|M. Davis||Women & Class pp 9-19|
What is the main argument against the Marxist view of the origins of women’s oppression?
Which of the rival theories do you find: least convincing / most convincing?
Say why you think ‘self-identity’ is anti-Marxist?
Do you think gender self id is detrimental to women’s liberation?
THE MARXIST RESPONSE
What is oppression?
How and why is women’s oppression linked to capitalism?
What is ‘super-exploitation’?
What is discrimination and is it the same as oppression?
What is ideology and why and how does it function in relation to women in a capitalist society?
WOMEN, CLASS, CAPITALISM & THE LABOUR MOVEMENT: HISTORY
|M. Davis||Women & Class pp 29-42|
|The Union Makes us Strong http://www.unionhistory.info/|
|Angela Davis||Women, Race & Class|
|Sally Grove||Trico: A Victory to Remember|
|M. Davis||Comrade or Brother?|
What is job segregation and how did it arise?
What is the ‘family wage’?
Why and how were women excluded from trade unions?
What rights did women fight for in the 19th century?
Why did the women’s suffrage movement split?
WOMEN, CLASS, CAPITALISM & THE LABOUR MOVEMENT: TODAY
|M. Davis||Women & Class pp 43-54|
|M. Davis||CP Centenary History; chapter on Women|
|CP Policy on Women & Gender (2018 Congress resolution)|
What is the gender pay gap and why does it exist and what can we do about it?
Why do so many women work part-time?
What are the challenges to women’s self-organisation in the labour movement today?
Why are black women triply exploited?
WOMEN & THE ROLE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY: POLICY &PERSPECTIVES
|Charter for Women & campaigning priorities|
|M. Davis||Women & Class pp 54-67|
Do we need a Women’s Liberation Movement and what should be its nature?
How can communists help to build a women’s movement?
What role should we play in it and how should we campaign around the Charter for Women?
Why should women join the communist party and what problems still remain in developing Marxist-feminist praxis in the CP?