Radical Women

Pot Shots

June 1988

Don’t mutter when you use the card catalogue. FBI Director William Sessions explains his agency’s efforts to turn librarians into informers: “We expect librarians to be aware of things that in their minds are in fact foreign, hostile intelligence-gathering efforts.” Before he had his polyps removed. “In every one of the far-flung trouble spots, dig… Read more »

The battle for Baby M: Surrogate mother vs. semen owner

June 1988

The following column was printed in slightly altered form, in the San Francisco Chronicle on April 11 , 1987 in response to a previous column by Fredric Hayward, the misogynist director of Men’s Rights, Inc., which is a national anti-feminist organization headquartered in Sacramento, California. Lift the demagogic rhetoric of Men’s Rights, Inc., about “fetal… Read more »

The abortion wars: court clashes and street skirmishes

June 1989

On April 9, six hundred thousand marchers for abortion rights in Washington, D.C. showed that the escalating war over women’s reproductive rights is revitalizing feminist activism. The U.S. pro-choice movement is stronger than at any time since 1973. Along with the new upsurge comes an old debate, a crucial one, over “respectable” liberalism vs. militant… Read more »

The color of revolution

July 1990

Nancy Kato, author of the document “Women of Color: Frontrunners for Freedom,” laid it on the line. “The struggle of women of color for equality is central to the elimination of the profit system and the success of revolution in North America.” The reasons are rooted in history and contemporary reality. “In 1992, it will… Read more »

Gender, keyboards, and the future of U.S. labor

July 1990

Did you know that: Women comprise between forty-five and fifty percent of U.S. workers today? Sixty-seven percent of women between the ages of 18-64 now work outside the home? By the year 2000, ninety percent of new workforce entrants will be women and people of color? It’s all true — and that means a revolution-in-process… Read more »

Radical Women’s candidly revolutionary conference

July 1990

From the tenth floor of a Santa Monica hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Radical Women looked into the 1990s and smiled. This is the decade. It’s all in place. Let’s go. “The Third Wave of Feminism: A Candidly Revolutionary Approach,” was the theme of Radical Women’s 23rd anniversary conference February 17-20 in Santa Monica, California…. Read more »

Mohawk sovereignty the issue in Quebec

October 1990

Debra O’Gara of Seattle Radical Women delivered the following statement at a rally in front of the Canadian consulate in Seattle on August 30. The rally, organized by local Native American activists and RW representatives, was called to support the Mohawk nation in its confrontation with the Canadian Army in Oka, Quebec. The faceoff commenced… Read more »

Gloria Martin: six irreverent decades as a revolutionary feminist

September 1991

“When you try to reform the system, you’re going to lose. It’s only a matter of years before all the rights you gained are taken away. It just doesn’t work. The only way to make change and keep it is to have a revolution.” This is Gloria Martin, cofounder and organizer of Seattle Radical Women…. Read more »

FSPer Alaniz wins 18% of vote in first-time City Council bid

January 1992

In the middle of all the death knells for communism, how does an upfront socialist candidate win an historic number of votes? By being a real socialist, which today means being a Trotskyist; standing up for democracy and the most oppressed; being honest, practical and uncompromising over principles and – working your butt off! This… Read more »