The Internationalism of Socialist State Feminism
When a history of successful social activism is erased, the strategies once employed by those social activists are also lost. In the case of socialist women’s organizations and their vast international networks of progressive women seeking to win state power, almost a century of state feminist achievements have been systemically disregarded. A persistent fetish for grassroots, independent women’s organizing has devalued the real gains made by women working within the corridors of power, women who fastidiously embedded women’s rights in the constitutions and legal codes of their respective countries while simultaneously building global solidarities to support and expand their commitments to both socialism and feminism.
As a corrective to these historical absences, and with an eye to reconsidering the theories and tactics animating the work of these forgotten feminists, we are organizing an international seminar to re-evaluate the legacies of state socialist feminism from May 31- June 3, 2019 at the University of Michigan.