Part I: Liberal Feminism is an Imperialist Project

Sou Mi and Madeleine Freeman This article is the first in a Left Voice series on the situation of women in Afghanistan and the tasks of the international feminist movement in the fight against gender oppression. The return of Taliban rule in Afghanistan promises, and in many areas has already imposed, a rollback of women’s…

Amefricanity: The Black Feminism of Lélia Gonzalez

Raquel Barreto Though a quarter of the total population, black women represent just 2% of the legislative body of Brazil’s federal government, the National Congress. Yet their visibility in public debate has grown radically in recent years with younger activists beginning to occupy spaces in media, academia and the arts. Lélia Gonzalez (1935-1994) has become…

Celebrating Revolutionary African Women

Ready for Revolution After Emory Douglas, 1968 © Lázaro Abreu Padrón, OSPAAAL, The Mike Stanfield Collection Like many things with socialist origins, International Working Women’s Day has been repackaged by capitalism and imperialism. Far from how it started, mainstream celebrations of Women’s Day and Women’s History Month now infer that all women’s struggles are the…

Lélia Gonzalez: A Brazilian Thinker

Raquel Barreto Lélia Gonzalez, Rio de Janeiro (1980). Foto: Januário Garcia We are not born, but rather become, Black. This is a tough, cruel undertaking that continues to develop throughout our lives. This is where the matter of identity that you continuously build comes into play. This Black identity is not something that is done,…