The Working Woman – CPUSA – The Woman Today (1937)

1840-1945, Consciousness Raising, Date, Defining the Enemy, Disruptive Spaces, Patriarchy, Strike, Subjectives of Refusal, Tactics of Disruption, The Home, The Workplace, Women

In the mid-1930s, as the Communist Party in the United States attempted to navigate a complex process of self-definition, the inclusion of women in politics reflected the Party’s negotiations with regards to group identity. While working women during this time underwent their own process of self-realization, the Communist Party used them largely as a symbol for party values, and a yardstick by which to measure progress. In these issues published between 1929 and 2937, of which this is the last, the contradiction between emerging Communist ideals and traditions of sexism in the United States can be seen.

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