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Session 6: Sunday, June 3rd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
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This panel considers Social Reproduction Theory in relation to the 99% Women's Strike of March 8, 2018, and the ensuing uprisings by teachers, primarily women, in the Right to Work states that started in 2018 and continue at this writing. What is Social Reproduction Theory? How does SRT contribute to Marxist analysis? How does the ideology of the Women's Strike contribute to a feminism that represents working class women and that challenges the mainstream feminism of pussy hats? How do we explain the new consciousness of political power that imbues the teacher walkouts? The conventional wisdom is that Democrats embody feminist ideology while Republicans oppose it. But are we looking at a new feminist formation in the US that is closer to the women's movements in Latin America such as the "Not One More" campaign against violence in Argentina and the mobilization against abortion restrictions in Poland? What is the relationship between this feminism of the 99% and the new consciousness among Marxist analysts that social reproduction and the attacks on the capacity to live and work in a period of extreme austerity are as central to social movement organizing as the traditional workplace based strikes and other forms of resistance.


Professor of Sociology (ret.) at Rider University. Author of Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory, originally published in 1983, reissued in an expanded edition in 2013 (Brill/Haymarket), and translated into Turkish, Chinese, German, and Romanian (forthcoming). Veteran...

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Associate Professor of South Asian History

is an organizer, teacher, anthropologist, and ethnographer based in Brooklyn. They are a member of Red Bloom communist collective of the Professional Staff Congress (AFT), Fordham Faculty United (SEIU), and delegate to the Marxist Center network. They are a pleased parent, pug protector, and...

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