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Eleanor Marx and women today
by Dana Mills
About this EXP
Dana Mills, lecturer in political theory at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, discusses Eleanor Marx and socialist feminism.
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Key point 1
As a young woman, Eleanor Marx was influenced by her father, Karl Marx, as well as Friedrich Engels and the Burns sisters.
Key point 2
For Eleanor, socialism and feminism were inseparable. Rachel Holmes’ new biography of Eleanor Marx positions her as the foremost thinker of socialist feminism at the end of the 19th century.
Key point 3
She played a key role as a grassroots organiser in the workers’ movement, helping to create the trade union that would become Britain’s largest today.
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