Celebrating International Womens Day

Given the tradition of International Women’s Day on 8 March was started by radical socialists back in 1910-11, it is appropriate to highlight two events coming up in Leeds marking this event by focusing on the Marxist tradition of women’s liberation:

Who was Rosa Luxemburg? Graphic artist visits Leeds

The graphic artist and cartoonist Kate Evans is visiting Leeds University to speak about her graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg.

Monday 7 March
Location: Michael Sadler Building, B.36, University of Leeds
Time: 12:00 – 13:30

Kate will be talking about Red Rosa, her graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg, the famous German revolutionary murdered by extreme right-wing nationalists in 1919.

Kate will introduce her cartoon history of the turmoil of the Weimar Republic.

Then on Thursday 24 March, Judith Orr will be speaking in Leeds about her new book Marxism and Women’s Liberation – 7pm, Swarthmore Centre, Woodhouse Square Leeds – hosted by Bookmarks Bookshop.

Why are women more often to be found on the sticky floor of low pay than above the glass ceiling where the rich reside? Why is there an assault on the gains of the women’s movement?

As austerity bites and new debates about oppression rage, Judith Orr steers a path through the history and future of the fight for women’s liberation.

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