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The origins of women's oppression

The origins of women's oppression

Update: 2021-03-08
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In this talk from our international women's day event, Laurie explains where women's oppression comes from and what we can do to end it.

Marxists understand that women's oppression has not existed forever. Rather, it arose with the rise of class society, which alongside subordinating the majority of people to the will of a few exploiters, also resulted in the origins of the family and the oppression and exploitation from women.

This historical understanding of oppression is crucial - contrary to the beliefs of those who think that the oppression of women is somehow biological or innate. If women's oppression has not existed forever, then it can be overthrown.

Today, despite decades of so called 'progress', nothing has really changed for the vast majority of the world's women. In fact, COVID-19 has turned back the clock on many of the gains of the past period. In the first few weeks of lockdown alone, 14 women were murdered in the UK.

Just as women's oppression arose with class society, so it will only truly disappear with the overthrowal of class society and the end of all exploitation.

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The origins of women's oppression

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