- Ruling English class, not a communist, but reads Engels and Marx.
Argues that it’s bad for society if women are trapped. Society/culture can improve if everybody has a chance to improve. If we care, women need experience. Unalienated labor in Ireland->Farm work. “Black legging”- when someone takes a low-wage to undercut somebody else.
Anti-feminists: women should sacriﬁce own personalities, goals for sake of family • Women can only gain knowledge via experience of the world • This will beneﬁt their families • The problem of gender inequality is a modern problem: Modernization has decreased the value of women’s labor – women and women’s labor no longer recognized as equal – unworldliness = not able to “purify” family, prepare for/protect from capitalism • Self-Sacriﬁce weakens race, not strengthens it • Militant suffragettes see this – their methods (arson, riots, etc.) not effective – but we should admire their goals
Capitalists hire women because they are cheaper • “Women’s wages” assume women don’t support families. This is not true. • It is dishonorable to accept these lower wages – Insulting themselves – At the expense of male workers -- “blacklegging” – Sets members of working class against one another – Depresses all working wages • The feminist movement needs to consider working-class women – Women should ﬁght capitalism, not just try to make it superﬁcially more comfortable • Strike for equal wages -- don’t just accept • Unions should support women in equal pay, or women should found their own unions • Fight! Don’t accept self-sacriﬁce.