[News] Beyond Lean-In: For a Feminism of the 99% and a Militant International Strike on March 8
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Beyond Lean-In: For a Feminism of the 99% and a Militant International
Strike on March 8
Linda Martín Alcoff
<https://viewpointmag.com/author/linda-martin-alcoff/>, Cinzia Arruzza
<https://viewpointmag.com/author/cinzia-arruzza/>, Tithi Bhattacharya
<https://viewpointmag.com/author/tithi-bhattacharya/>, Nancy Fraser
<https://viewpointmag.com/author/nancy-fraser/>, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Yousef Odeh <https://viewpointmag.com/author/rasmea-yousef-odeh/>,
Angela Davis <https://viewpointmag.com/author/angela-davis/> and Barbara
February 3, 2017
The massive women’s marches of January 21stmay mark the beginning of
a new wave of militant feminist struggle. But what exactly will be
its focus? In our view, it is not enough to oppose Trump and his
aggressively misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist
policies; we also need to target the ongoing neoliberal attack on
social provision and labor rights.
While Trump’s blatant misogyny was the immediate trigger for the
massive response on January 21st, the attack on women (and all
working people) long predates his administration. Women’s
conditions of life, especially those of women of color and of
working, unemployed and migrant women, have steadily deteriorated
over the last 30 years, thanks to financialization and corporate
Lean-in feminism and other variants of corporate feminism have
failed the overwhelming majority of us, who do not have access to
individual self-promotion and advancement and whose conditions of
life can be improved only through policies that defend social
reproduction, secure reproductive justice, and guarantee labor
rights. As we see it, the new wave of women’s mobilization must
address /all/these concerns in a frontal way. It must be a feminism
for the 99%.
The kind of feminism we seek is already emerging internationally,
in struggles across the globe: from the women’s strike in Poland
against the abortion ban to the women’s strikes and marches in Latin
America against male violence; from the massive women’s
demonstration of the last November in Italy to the protests and the
women’s strike in defense of reproductive rights in South Korea and
Ireland. What is striking about these mobilizations is that several
of them combined struggles against male violence with opposition to
the casualization of labor and wage inequality, while also opposing
homophobia, transphobia and xenophobic immigration policies.
Together, they herald a new international feminist movement with
an expanded agenda–at once anti-racist, anti-imperialist,
anti-heterosexist, and anti-neoliberal.
We want to contribute to the development of this new, more expansive
As a first step, we propose to help build an international strike
against male violence and in defense of reproductive rights on March
8th. In this, we join with feminist groups from around thirty
countries who have called for such a strike.
The idea is to mobilize women, including trans-women, and all who
support them in an international day of struggle–a day of striking,
marching, blocking roads, bridges, and squares, abstaining from
domestic, care and sex work, boycotting, calling out misogynistic
politicians and companies, striking in educational institutions.
These actions are aimed at making visible the needs and aspirations
of those whom lean-in feminism ignored: women in the formal labor
market, women working in the sphere of social reproduction and care,
and unemployed and precarious working women.
In embracing a feminism for the 99%, we take inspiration from the
Argentinian coalition /Ni Una Menos/. Violence against women, as they
define it, has many facets: it is domestic violence, but also the
violence of the market, of debt, of capitalist property
relations, and of the state; the violence of discriminatory
policies against lesbian, trans and queer women, the violence of
state criminalization of migratory movements, the violence of
mass incarceration, and the institutional violence against women’s
bodies through abortion bans and lack of access to free healthcare
and free abortion.
Their perspective informs our determination to oppose the
institutional, political, cultural, and economic attacks on
Muslim and migrant women, on women of color and working and
unemployed women, on lesbian, gender nonconforming, and trans-women.
The women’s marches of January 21sthave shown that in the United
States too a new feminist movement may be in the making. It is
important not to lose momentum. Let us join together on March 8 to
strike, walk out, march and demonstrate. Let us use the occasion of
this international day of action to be done with lean-feminism and
to build in its place a feminism for the 99%, a grass-roots,
anti-capitalist feminism–a feminism in solidarity with working
women, their families, and their allies throughout the world.
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