Protest at Kentucky Capitol defends right to abortion

Vol. 85/No. 3 - January 25, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Supporters of women’s rights protested at the state Capitol here Jan. 5. The rally for reproductive rights was co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky. The action…


Historic win in fight for right to abortion in Argentina

Vol. 85/No. 2 - January 18, 2021
Tens of thousands of supporters of women’s rights rally on the streets in Buenos Aires, Argentina, early in the morning Dec. 30 as senators debated, voted up bill legalizing abortion.

In an important victory for working people, the right of women to choose to have an abortion was won in Argentina Dec. 30, when the Senate passed a bill making abortion free and legal up to the 14th week of…



Thousands protest gov’t attack on right to abortion in Poland

Vol. 84/No. 44 - November 9, 2020

Thousands joined in a march in Warsaw Oct. 23 to protest a ruling the day before by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal that bans abortion even in the case “of a severe and irreversible fetal defect or incurable illness that threatens the…


Ocasio-Cortez says ‘glam’ can improve your politics

Vol. 84/No. 38 - September 28, 2020
Women coal miners from U.S. visit British coalfields in 1987, to learn about miners’ resistance. As millions of jobs are erased today and wages and working conditions come under attack, the bosses of the cosmetics industry come in to try and boost profits off women’s insecurities.

“If I’m going to spend an hour in the morning doing my glam … it’s because I feel like it. … My body, my choice!” U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says, describing her daily beauty regimen in a recent film made…


Class struggle road to women’s emancipation

Vol. 84/No. 28 - July 20, 2020

The fight to defend women’s right to choose whether to have an abortion is a necessity for women’s emancipation and the line of march of the working class as a whole. The majority sentiment for this right, still the case…


A working-class road to expand rights for all the oppressed

Court ruling muddying biological sex and ‘gender identity’ endangers gains won in struggle
Vol. 84/No. 27 - July 13, 2020
1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, part of powerful Black-led working-class movement that overthrew Jim Crow segregation. Another product of this struggle was new Civil Rights Act passed the following year that outlawed employer discrimination in hiring, firing or promotion based on “race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”

An article in last week’s issue of the Militant — under the headline “Supreme Court: Job Discrimination for Being Gay, Transgender Is Illegal. Ruling Includes ‘Poison Pill’ Against Women’s Rights Fight” — was wrong. It erroneously implied that the June…


Supreme Court: Job discrimination for being gay, transgender is illegal

Ruling includes ‘poison pill’ against women’s rights fight
Vol. 84/No. 26 - July 6, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 15 that “An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” This ruling, like their 2015 decision striking down state government restrictions barring gay people from getting married,…


Planned Parenthood wins fight to keep Missouri abortion clinic open

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
St. Louis Planned Parenthood, only clinic open in Missouri for women who choose to have an abortion, hangs huge banner May 29 after defeat of state officials’ move to shut it down.

Supporters of women’s right to choose whether to have an abortion registered an important victory May 29 when the state government’s attempt to shut down Missouri’s only remaining abortion clinic was blocked. The Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis now…


Protests challenge Polish gov’t moves to outlaw all abortions

Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020
April 16 action in Warsaw against bill that would ban women’s ability to choose an abortion

The protest line was long across the street from the parliament building in Warsaw, Poland’s capital, April 15. Most of those lined up were women dressed in black from head to foot. They all wore face masks and stood six…