Feminism and the Revolutionary Left

The dynamic between feminists and the revolutionary left  was complex. Many women who identified as socialist feminists were active in the autonomous women’s movement; others, in revolutionary left organizations.  A number were active in both.

The documents in this section provide insight into how different revolutionary left groups responded to the growing struggles over women’s equality, both in theory and in action.



Feminism and the Revolutionary Left Documents

Title Date Region
A Bill of Rights for Women 1975 Ontario
Build the Independent Women’s Movement -- Ontario
Canada’s Women (Communist Party of Canada) 1963 National (all of Canada)
Feminism & Marxism (1977) 1977 National (all of Canada)
Infiltration of the Women’s Movement: A Feminist Critique of the Young Socialists 1973 Alberta
Joint Internal Information Bulletin – Number 5, June 1977 1977 National (all of Canada)
Repeal Family Allowance Cuts 1979 Ontario
RWL/LOR PanCanadian Preconvention Discussion Bulletin – Vol. 2, No. 4 (Revolutionary Workers League/Ligue Ouvrière Révolutionnaire 1979 National (all of Canada)
SNUFF Campaign and Censorship (1978) 1978 Ontario
Submission to the 1973 LSA/LSO Convention on Women’s Liberation: A Counter Document (League for Socialist Action/Ligue Socialiste Ouvrière) 1973 National (all of Canada)
The Status of Women in Canada (League for Socialist Action/Ligue Socialiste Ouvrière) 1968 National (all of Canada)
What is the Revolutionary Potential of Women’s Liberation? (1969) 1969 National (all of Canada)
What Kind of Women’s Movement? -- Ontario
Women’s Liberation & Socialism (1978) 1978 National (all of Canada)
Women’s Liberation & Socialist Revolution: A Strategy to Win -- Ontario
Women’s Liberation – rmg document series 1 (Revolutionary Marxist Group/Groupe Marxiste Revolutionnaire) 1975 National (all of Canada)
Women’s Liberation in Canada 1975 National (all of Canada)