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…


Women win right to choose abortion in New Zealand

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020
Holly Wakelin, left, and Lucy Mackenzie, right, two young women who helped lead recent actions for women’s right to abortion, hold banner at Auckland Feb. 18 march. After decades of mobilizations, New Zealand’s parliament adopted law legalizing abortion March 18.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — In a victory for the rights of women, a law decriminalizing abortion passed the New Zealand Parliament March 18. “It’s been a long time coming,” 84-year-old Margaret Sparrow, a doctor and lifelong leader of the fight…


A conspiracy to keep women from being beautiful?

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020

Author Sesali Bowen provides a justification for the so-called “beauty” industry in the March 4 New York Times, in the name of opposing what she calls the “shaming” of women who use cosmetic surgery.  In “What Women Who Criticize Plastic…


Ohio, Texas use coronavirus to justify ban on abortion

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020

In decisions that deal blows to women’s rights and violate constitutional protections, the governments of Ohio and Texas have banned abortions, using the spread of the coronavirus as a pretext.  On March 17 Ohio’s Department of Health ordered all abortion…


London rally backs women’s rights in Sudan

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Chanting, “Women’s rights are human rights,” some 50 women and men and their supporters demonstrated outside the Sudanese Embassy here on International Women’s Day March 8,

LONDON — Chanting, “Women’s rights are human rights,” some 50 women and men and their supporters demonstrated outside the Sudanese Embassy here on International Women’s Day March 8, demanding the Sudanese government amend the country’s family law. “It means women…