Women's Solidarity Strikes Back

When feminism has come so far, how do modern day strikes, marches, and protest reflect the evolving and complex aspects of the movement, as well as its radical herstory?

On March 8, thousands of women went on strike for a Day Without Women around the world, and in the United States, to demonstrate the collective power of trans, Brown, Black, cis, immigrant, Latinx, queer, and every kind of woman. Along with the rise of these immense shows of democratic and intersectional feminist power comes the advent of one-percenter, patriarchal, white supremacist rape culture. In this episode, Laura seeks varied perspectives from women working in intersectional feminist activism, on what contradictions, if any, exist in the way feminism moves forward.

In the first conversation, Jodeen Olguín-Tayler (Demos) and Sarah Leonard (Dissent Magazine) consider the global lessons learned from a history of women’s strike. Wages for house work, for example, is one of the most radical aspects of a women’s agenda, and continues to be a demand today, say our guests.

Then, a discussion with Cinzia Arruzza (New School) and Nelini Stamp (Working Families’ Family) on the tangles of socialism and feminism in Europe. In America and Europe alike, a rise of Islamophobic sentiment faces the new wave of feminist resistance that is embedded in worker, immigrant, and LGBTQ rights.

Jodeen Olguín-Tayler serves as the Vice President, Policy and Strategic Partnerships for Demos, a social justice based public policy organization. Sarah Leonard is a senior editor at The Nation and co-editor of The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for a New Century. Cinzia Arruzza is a national organizer for the International Women's Strike US and an associate professor of philosophy at the New School. Nelini Stamp is the National Membership Director at the Working Families Party.

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