Author: Hilary Wainwright

More Than Equality: Reasons To Be a Feminist Socialist

Equality? Feminist socialism has something better in mind: using power to transform hierarchies

ImageI want to talk about feminist socialism, rather than socialist feminism. As a student in Oxford I directly witnessed, and participated in the first conference of the Womens' Liberation Movement, held in Ruskin College in 1970. My whole world was shaken. My vision of the world up to that point was very hierarchical. For women it meant climbing up the hierarchy: being in there, getting up there, and so on.

The way feminism emerged at that point completely turned that over. It challenged those hierarchies, fundamentally.