Joti Brar on the connection between women’s liberation and socialism

Does the fact that there are now women political leaders, surgeons and CEOs prove that the struggle for equality is a thing of the past?

Comrade Joti Brar speaks to an online meeting organised by British Sri Lankan women’s group Ethera Api on the question of women’s rights, women’s liberation and bourgeois feminism.

What is the root cause of women’s oppression? How did it start? How will it end? Are men really the enemy? Who launched the ‘battle of the sexes’ and why?

Joti explains how understanding the origins of the women’s question enables us to find the solution. Fundamentally, she says, we need to understand that the women’s question is a class question, and won’t be solved in isolation from the wider class struggle.

The meeting was held on 16 May 2020 and was originally hosted on the WPB YouTube channel.


Essential reading: The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State by Friedrich Engels, 1884.