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US: women ice hockey players’ strike threat wins living wage

On 15 March, a group of women in the US announced a strike that became headline news across the country. This was no ordinary strike threat. No ordinary workplace. Feeling their talks for equal pay were going nowhere, the US women’s national hockey team played their strongest hand. Just one week before the World Championships in Michigan, the title holders ...

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Benefits workers oppose ‘rape clause’ and two-child limit

The requirement for victims to complete an eight-page form in order to qualify for the so-called “rape clause” exemption from child benefit cuts has led to a national outcry. The Tory government’s new restrictions on child benefits were already an attack on working class women and families. This new policy puts civil servants in the position of having to explain ...

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International Women’s Day: And Still We Rise

Saturday, January 21st, 2017, will go down in the history books as a truly historic moment. We saw a global revolt of women, not just against Trump but against the ideas and interests he represents; misogyny, racism and the rule of the billionaires. These massive displays of defiance have not come out of thin air. They have come on the ...

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Lessons of the Russian revolution for women’s struggle today

The 1917 Russian revolution was a momentous moment in working class history, in which women played a pivotal and active role. It started with a strike by women textile workers on 8 March (International Women’s Day – 23 February according to the calendar in use in Russia at the time). Not able to take their impoverished conditions and food shortages ...

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