Marxists are irreconcilably opposed to all oppression and bigotry and fight determinedly for liberation and against discrimination. This goes hand-in-hand with the struggle for socialism.

Marxists are irreconcilably opposed to all oppression and bigotry and fight determinedly for liberation and against discrimination. This goes hand-in-hand with the struggle for socialism.

For Marxists, the fight against oppression goes hand-in-hand with the class struggle. While we recognise that different groups in society suffer different forms of oppression, we affirm that this oppression is rooted in the class system itself. Racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia are deeply ingrained in capitalist society. The Marxist method of historical materialism allows us to trace the roots of these ideas, looking at how they’ve evolved historically and the role they play in society today.

No form of oppression is built into our DNA, nor naturally ordained. The systematic attack against specific groups was not possible before the emergence of the state and class society. As it developed, these ideas have helped uphold the position of the ruling class. In modern society, segregation, violence against women and disenfranchisement are all examples of ways to keep the working class divided, downtrodden and less able to organise against its common exploiter – the capitalist class. 

The only way to fight against this is to unite the workers of all nations, races, genders and sexualities along class lines. This is how we will ensure the full liberation of all of humanity.

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Fight women's oppression! Fight capitalism!Fight women's oppression! Fight capitalism!
INTERNATIONAL MARXIST TENDENCY

A statement distributed in demonstrations across the world for International Women's Day. The struggle for women's liberation must also be a fight for socialism.

Women's oppression: where it comes from and how to fight itWomen's oppression: where it comes from and how to fight it
Rachel Gibbs and Claire Martin

In capitalist society working class women are twice oppressed – both as workers and as women. What are the origins of women's oppression? And how do we fight it?

The lessons of Stonewall: 50 years onThe lessons of Stonewall: 50 years on
Laurie O'Connel

28 June 2019 marked the 50th anniversary since the famous Stonewall riots in New York, which were a turning point for the LGBT movement.

The origins of women's oppressionThe origins of women's oppression
Rob Sewell

Marxism understands that the root of women's oppression lies not in biology, but in social conditions.

Women and CapitalismWomen and Capitalism
Barbara Humphries

This article gives a brief outline of the position of women at work over the past 200 years.

Women and the Struggle for SocialismWomen and the Struggle for Socialism
Alan Woods

The oppression of women is only as old as the division of society into classes. Marxism explains that it arose together with private property and the state.

Women and the SuffrageWomen and the Suffrage
Barbara Humphries

In this article on the history of the struggle of women to win the right to vote, Barbara Humphries looks at how it relates to the development of the class struggle.

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Marxism vs Identity PoliticsMarxism vs Identity Politics
International Marxist Tendency

This document aims to draw a line between Marxism and the ideas of identity politics which have affected a layer of activists in academic circles and are also being used in a reactionary manner within the international workers' movement.

Marxism vs IntersectionalityMarxism vs Intersectionality
Jessica Cassell

Jessica Cassell of Fightback in Canada explores the ideas of Marxism and intersectionality, contrasting the different views between these theories.

Marxism vs Queer TheoryMarxism vs Queer Theory
Yola Kipcak

Is Queer Theory compatible with Marxism? Can there be such a thing as “Queer Marxism”? Yola Kipcak in Vienna replies in the negative, and explains why.

Women's Struggle and Class StruggleWomen's Struggle and Class Struggle
Marie Frederiksen

In this article, Marie Frederiksen looks at the origins of Women's Day, the origin of women's oppression in class society, and how capitalism has laid the material foundations upon which the question of women's emancipation can be tackled.

Women before, during, and after the Russian RevolutionWomen before, during, and after the Russian Revolution
Marie Frederiksen

The history of Bolshevism from the very early days right up to the Russian revolution contains a wealth of lessons on how it is the class struggle that provides the final answer to the women’s question.

Marxism and the Emancipation of WomenMarxism and the Emancipation of Women
Alan Woods and Ana Muñoz

In this article, we outline the first steps given by Marxism to fight for women's rights, the conditions of women under capitalism, and pose the question of how to eliminate inequality between men and women for good.

From the Rice-Fields to the Modern Call-CentersFrom the Rice-Fields to the Modern Call-Centers
Sophia Previato

In 1808, Fourier explained that "social progress is measured by the progress of the woman towards freedom".

From emancipation to criminalisation: Stalinist persecution of homosexuals from 1934From emancipation to criminalisation: Stalinist persecution of homosexuals from 1934
Fred Weston

In the early years of the Russian Revolution, homosexuality had been legalised. But in March 1934 Stalin re-criminalised homosexuality across the Soviet Union.

The Emancipation of Women in Russia Before and After the RevolutionThe Emancipation of Women in Russia Before and After the Revolution
Elisbetti Rossi

The experience of the struggle of Bolshevik women is full of vital lessons for us, for it is an example of the most effective way of overcoming women's oppression.

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On the Emancipation of WomenOn the Emancipation of Women
V.I. Lenin

Lenin had the firm conviction that no revolution is possible without the participation of women. He encouraged men to support women's participation in politics.

On WomenOn Women
Leon Trotsky

Trotsky took up women’s and many other social and cultural issues. He had a repeated theme of equality for the sexes in domestic life before there could be equality for political or economic opportunity.

The Origins of the Family, Private Property, and the StateThe Origins of the Family, Private Property, and the State
Friedrich Engels

The family, private property, and the state are neither 'natural' nor everlasting. They are the product of specific economic and social conditions.

Lenin on WomenLenin on Women
Clara Zetkin

A short work of Clara Zetkin which she wrote on the basis of her conversations with Lenin on the women's question. Zetkin explains that Lenin frequently spoke to her about the women's question.

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Marxism and FeminismMarxism and Feminism
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Marie Frederiksen

Marie Frederiksen discusses the questions of women's oppression and liberation, and provides a Marxist analysis of the women's question.

Ylva Vinberg

Ylva Vinberg of the Swedish Marxists speaking on Marxism and Feminism at a Marxist Summer School.

Natasha Sorrell

Natasha Sorrell introduces Engels' ideas about the origins of the family, explaining how these show that the oppression of women is not natural or permanent.

Natasha Sorrell

Speaking at the Revolution Festival, Natasha Sorrell looks at the struggle of the Suffragettes, one century after women won the vote.

Yola Kipcak

Queer Theory holds that our gender and sexual identities are a fiction produced by discourses and oppressive power in society: a learned performance. What does this idea mean for the liberation struggle?

Ylva Vinberg

What is the basis for identity politics? Why are they so popular with the youth in particular? And how do they square with the Marxist method of solidarity and class struggle

Emily Cosentino

Emily Cosentino discusses the vital role of women in the Russian Revolution, and the enormous gains made for working class women as a result of the revolution.