The Shape of Solidarity: Popular Feminisms and the International Women’s Strike

Louise Bour­geois. No. 5 of 14 from the instal­la­tion set À l’Infini

Liz Mason-Deese | From #MeToo to #WeStrike: A Politics in Feminine

What will it take to move from #MeToo to #WeStrike? As the Latin Amer­i­can move­ments have shown, it is in the prac­tice of this pol­i­tics in fem­i­nine that a new col­lec­tive sub­jec­tiv­i­ty is born. It is not our expe­ri­ences of vio­lence that define who we are, but our strug­gle against vio­lence that defines a col­lec­tive we.

Cinzia Arruzza | Women Strike the Empire: The Women’s Strike in the United States

This fem­i­nist mobi­liza­tion is, there­fore, at the fore­front of the strug­gle, often in extreme­ly dif­fi­cult social and polit­i­cal con­di­tions. This rais­es a num­ber of chal­lenges – for exam­ple, how to sus­tain the move­ment in the long run in the absence of a wider social acti­va­tion – but it also opens the pos­si­bil­i­ty for a new kind of class recom­po­si­tion, if the fem­i­nist move­ment expands to become one that involves oth­er social and polit­i­cal agents: one that binds togeth­er strug­gles around pro­duc­tion and social repro­duc­tion, and that bet­ter reflects and artic­u­lates an increas­ing­ly fem­i­nized and racial­ized glob­al work­ing class.

Verónica Gago | The Feminist International: Appropriating and Overflowing the Strike

The strike appro­pri­at­ed by the women’s move­ment is lit­er­al­ly over­flowed: it must account for mul­ti­ple labor real­i­ties that escape the bor­ders of waged and union­ized work, that ques­tion the lim­its between pro­duc­tive and repro­duc­tive labor, for­mal and infor­mal labor, remu­ner­at­ed and free tasks, between migrant and nation­al labor, between the employed and the unem­ployed. The strike tak­en up by the women’s move­ment direct­ly tar­gets a cen­tral ele­ment of the cap­i­tal­ist sys­tem: the sex­u­al and colo­nial divi­sion of labor.

Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar | Because we want ourselves alive, together we are disrupting everything: Notes for thinking about the paths of social transformation today

Over­com­ing the frag­men­ta­tion imposed by the state and so-called “inter­na­tion­al agen­das” has been very com­pli­cat­ed. Thus we must turn our dif­fer­ences into the har­mo­ny of diverse women who launch their voic­es in var­ied scales, in a plu­ral­ized chore­og­ra­phy that nur­tures and does not sep­a­rate: “Togeth­er and strong, always fem­i­nists.”

Verónica Gago | Is there a war “on” the body of women?: Finance, territory, and violence

There was thus a trans­ver­sal­i­ty to the polit­i­cal com­po­si­tion of the strike (unions, grass­roots ter­ri­to­r­i­al orga­ni­za­tions, queer col­lec­tives, stu­dent groups, health cen­ters, migrant col­lec­tives, self-orga­nized indi­vid­u­als, etc.). There was also an inter­sec­tion­al­i­ty of prob­lem­at­ics that were able to make a con­crete cri­tique of renewed forms of cap­i­tal­ist exploita­tion, through their focus on labor.


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