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Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism


Fourteen provocative papers on the oppression of women in capitalist countries, along with three articles on the subordinate position of women in two communist countries, Cuba and China. These important, often path-breaking articles are arranged in five basic sections, the titles of which indicate the broad range of issues being considered: Introduction; motherhood, reproduction, and male supremacy; socialist feminist historical analysis; patriarchy in revolutionary society; socialist feminism in the United States. The underlying thrust of the book is toward integrating the central ideas of radical feminist thought with those pivotal for Marxist or socialist class analysis.

This is a very useful book for those who want to dig deeper into the subordination of women in modern (and past) socities.


Zillah Eisenstein is a groundbreaking political thinker and activist, always looking to find new anti-racist feminist pathways. Besides being editor of Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism, she is the author of twelve books, including Abolitionist Socialist Feminism: Radicalizing the Next Revolution. She has also written many articles detailing the continual struggles for social, racial, environmental, gender, sexual, and bodily justice by women across the globe. She is Professor Emerita, Ithaca College, NY.

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Publication Date: January 1979

Number of Pages: 396

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-85345-476-2

eBook ISBN: 978-1-58367-851-0