CfP: The Role of Women in Workers‘ Struggles and Social Protests: Historical and Contemporary Explorations (Publication); by: 30.03.2023

Workers of the World: International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflict (Web)

Proposals by: 30.03.2023

One of the most notable features of the significant revival of workers‘ strikes that has been occurring recently in different countries, albeit often ignored by commentators, has been the participation, activism and driving energy demonstrated by women workers. Of course, a similar manifestation has been discernible over a number of years with diverse forms of street-based social movements across the globe, not only the #MeToo demonstrations, but also those around Black Lives Matter, climate crisis, anti-austerity, authoritarianism and war, and solidarity with Palestine, to mention just a few. Sometimes women involved in such social movement protests have carried over their activism into workplace-based forms of collective action, including strikes and demonstrations, and with increased levels of trade union membership, participation and representation.
In the light of such developments, it becomes important to revisit the nature of women’s position in the capitalist labour market, the complex relationship between women’s oppression and class exploitation, and the limits and potential of women’s role in workers‘ struggles and social protests across the world. The editors invite contributions to a special themed section of the next issue of Workers of the World journal that explore such issues. As well as both empirical studies and analytical interpretations, they would also invite papers not merely on contemporary developments, but also historical studies and reflections on women workers‘ struggles over the past 150 years. Comparative studies of different struggles, countries and/or time periods would also be welcome. Potential (but not exclusive) related topics are:

  • The Marxist analysis of women’s oppression and its strategy for liberation based on the working-class movement for socialism
  • The contribution of intersectionality analysis in the field of work and employment, and explorations of the interaction between gender and ethnicity with class
  • The growth of female labour and changing composition of the labour force … read more and source (Web)