Posts in: women & feminism

Freedom Socialist editorial — “Suffragette” — see it!

December 2015

Window-smashing, blowing up mail boxes, arson, police brutality, prison … the fight for women’s vote in Britain was no ladies’ tea party. Working women’s courageous participation in the struggle in the early 1900s is dramatized in Suffragette. The film shows the dire plight of women who labored long hours in sweatshops, yet had no control… Read more »

A militant queer movement can win same-sex marriage rights and full equality!

Summer/Autumn 2010

Twice last year, the streets of Melbourne were filled with a stunning spectacle of rainbow colours, placards and people calling out for the right of same-sex couples to marry. Both massive protests on August 1 and November 28 were organised by Equal Love as part of a national campaign to overturn the ban on same-sex… Read more »

Stand up to Washington’s terror: Free Lynne Stewart!

Summer/Autumn 2010

Last November, New York-based civil rights and criminal defence attorney Lynne Stewart was sent to prison. Stewart had been convicted in 2005 of providing support to “terrorist” Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, whom the court had appointed her to defend. He had been found guilty a decade earlier of conspiring to attack the United Nations along… Read more »

Time to take action: Sisters, let’s emulate Dora Montefiore!

Summer/Autumn 2010

As a socialist feminist, I often think about what this means. There is much in my everyday experience that points out the need to change the position of women in our capitalist society. There’s everything to get pissed off about: the job, the bills, the husband or ex, the kids’ school, not being listened to…. Read more »

From Queensland to Victoria: Take on the anti-abortion zealots!

Winter/Spring 2009

On April 16, 2009 a 19-year-old woman was charged under Queensland’s Criminal Code for procuring her own abortion. Her 21-year-old partner was charged for importing Mifipristone (RU486), a drug widely used in 35 other countries to induce a miscarriage. Their case, already adjourned three times, is set for hearing in July. If convicted, they face… Read more »

A conversation with First Nations Feminist Firebrands, Leslie Spillett and Nahanni Fontaine

Winter/Spring 2009

Last February, Nahanni Fontaine and Leslie Spillett, two First Nations women from Canada, visited Melbourne for a brief visit. Alison Thorne caught up with them to explore similarities and differences between Indigenous struggles in Canada and Australia. Nahanni, an Ojibway woman, is the Director of Justice for the Southern Chiefs Organisation in Manitoba. She is… Read more »