Nancy Fraser’s major new book traces the feminist movement’s evolution since the 1970s and anticipates a new—radical and egalitarian—phase of feminist thought and action.
During the ferment of the New Left, “Second Wave” feminism emerged as a struggle for women’s liberation and took its place alongside other radical movements that were questioning core features of capitalist society. But feminism’s subsequent immersion in identity politics coincided with a decline in its utopian energies and the rise of neoliberalism. Now, foreseeing a revival in the movement, Fraser argues for a reinvigorated feminist radicalism able to address the global economic crisis. Feminism can be a force working in concert with other egalitarian movements in the struggle to bring the economy under democratic control, while building on the visionary potential of the earlier waves of women’s liberation. This powerful new account is set to become a landmark of feminist thought.
Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom were competing to be the next Conservative leader, and the second female prime minister in British history. As news breaks that Leadsom has now dropped out of the race, Ellie Mae O'Hagan shows that their track records on issues that disproportionately affect women and marginalised people rubbish the idea that the Tory party will become more feminist under either of their leaderships. Feminism, she argues, must go hand-in-hand with material policies that focus on collectivism.
Ellie is writer for the Guardian mostly on trade unions, activism, feminism and Latin America. She works with the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, a thinktank focusing on working rights and inequality. She tweets @MissEllieMae
During the contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the nomination for Democratic candidate, MSCNBC journalist Irin Carmon wrote, “The conventional wisdom in 2008 was that Clinton ceded the history-making argument to Obama and should have made more of her gender.” The Clinton campaign more than compensated for this in 2015, almost going so far as to suggest that Democrat voters should make their decision solely on the basis of gender. When asked how she would be different from President Obama, Clinton replied: “Well, I think that’s pretty obvious. Being the first woman president would be quite a change from the presidents we’ve had, including President Obama.”