Australian Left Review

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Socialist-Feminist Theory: An Appraisal


Ruth Connell


The Women’s Liberation Movement is nearing the end of its first decade of activity. What has particularly distinguished this second wave of feminism from its nineteenth and twentieth century counterparts is its awareness that a program of democratic rights plus integration into social production is not sufficient to establish full equality between the sexes. This is also what distinguishes the feminist political perspective from the traditional socialist program for women’s emancipation.