BUILDING

A FEMINISM FOR

THE  99%

#feminism4the99

OUR PLATFORM

The International Women’s Strike is a network of women in more than 50 different countries that emerged through planning a day of action for March 8th, 2017.

In the spirit of that renewed radicalism, solidarity and internationalism, the International Women’s Strike US continues to be a national organizing center by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards the 99% of women: working women inside and outside of the home, women of color, Native women, disabled women, immigrant women, Muslim women, lesbian, CIS, queer and trans women.

We see our efforts as part of a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades long economic inequality, criminalization and policing, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad.

We aim to build relationships of solidarity between diverse organizations of women, and all those who seek to build a global feminist, working class movement. We come from many political traditions but are united around the following common principles.

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An End to Gender Violence

All women deserve a life free of violence, both domestic and institutional.  Working women, trans women, and women of color face the worst aspects of direct institutionalized violence, be it in the form of police brutality, immigration raids, or day-to-day violence in the form of state policies that create and consolidate poverty in our communities.  Against all such state and personal violence, we demand that our lives and labor be treated with dignity for they form the basis of this society.  

Reproductive Justice For All

We stand for full reproductive justice for all women, cis and trans.  We want complete autonomy over our bodies and full reproductive freedom.  We demand free abortion without conditions and affordable healthcare for all, irrespective of income, race or citizenship status. The history of sterilization of women of color in this country goes hand in hand with the attack on abortion rights.  Reproductive justice for us means the freedom to choose both whether to have children and when to have them.

Labor Rights

Labor rights are women’s rights because women’s paid labor in the workplace and unpaid labor at home is the basis of wealth in our society. All over the world millions of women are forced to work for slave wages in dangerous sweatshops and other ‘hell factories’ that kill thousands every year. In the United States 46% of union members are women and a majority of them are women of color. All women, irrespective of citizenship status, sexuality or race, must have equal pay for equal work, $15 minimum wage, including for caregivers, free universal child care, paid maternity leave, sick leave, paid family leave and the freedom to organize a fighting union in the workplace. As working women who hold up half the sky we refuse to be divided over the kind of labor we perform, whether skilled or unskilled, formal or informal, sex work and domestic work.

Full Social Provisioning

Decades of neoliberal policies have seen the violent dismantling of social provisioning that has affected all women.  While our working lives have been made increasingly precarious, social services that might have provided a safety net against such harsh exploitation of labor, have either been attacked or removed completely.  Against these attacks, we demand an expansive restructuring of the American welfare system to serve the needs of the majority, such as universal healthcare, robust unemployment and social security benefits, and free education for all. We demand that the welfare system work to support our lives rather than shame us when we access such rights.

For an Antiracist and Anti-imperialist Feminism

Against the open white supremacists in the current government and the far right and anti-Semites they have given confidence to, we stand for an uncompromising anti-racist and anti-colonial feminism. This means that movements such as Black Lives Matter, the struggle against police brutality and mass incarceration, the demand for open borders and for immigrant rights and for the decolonization of Palestine are for us the beating heart of this new feminist movement.  We want to dismantle all walls, from prison walls to border walls, from Mexico to Palestine. 

Environmental Justice for All

We believe that both social inequality and environmental degradation are due to an economic system that puts profit before people. We demand instead that the earth’s natural resources be preserved and sustained to enrich our lives and those of our children. The struggle of Water Protectors against the Dakota Access Pipe Line inspires us. The emancipation of women and the emancipation of the planet must go hand in hand.  

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UPCOMING EVENTS

International Women’s Day: Planning Meeting 4

Last March, hundreds of people took the street in downtown Geneva to fight back against the conditions that produce

February 19 @ 6:00 pm

Geneva Public Library

PGHM8 International Women’s Strike Planning Session

Please join us to continue planning the 2018 International Women's Strike Pittsburgh/ Paro Internacional de Mujeres Pittsburgh. Venue is

February 19 @ 7:00 pm

Allegheny County Department of Human Services

East Bay March 8th Planning Meeting

Join us to plan actions for International Women's Day Ma

February 22 @ 5:00 pm

UC Student-Workers Union – UAW Local 2865

Why We Strike

March 8, 2018 we will strike! The International Women's Strike (IWS) is a network of women in more than

March 1 @ 7:00 pm

In Other Words Feminist Community Center

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