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Going beyond a mere existence of a theoretical and political standpoint called Marxist feminism, this episode approaches the topic by addressing a complex relationship between Marxism and leftist feminism, which has developed for two centuries.

This story is here told by our fictional guide, Ana, who leads us through the past events marking different segments of this history, the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th and then, a leap to the Second World War in Yugoslavia; finally bringing us to rebellious times of the 1970s and the 1980s. The first moment in history takes us from the speech of Clara Zetkin to the days of the October revolution, and in the second historical period, we are joining the Women’s Antifascist Movement and Yugoslav partisans as well as the aftermath when women’s emancipation in Yugoslavia took giant steps. From the students’ and feminist movements, we are taken to our time and introduced to the text Feminism for 99%. A Manifesto, a succinct concise exciting text

But, in keeping with the best-sounding utopia of leftist manifestos, the story also takes us into the future, where Ana in the year 2121 is reading about the past struggles of women.

The text was written by Nadja Bobičić and read by Daša Duhaček and Nadja Duhaček

References/links for further reading:

Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, Nancy Fraser, Feminism for the 99%  A Manifesto, 2019.

Archive of the Antifascist Womens’ Front.

Chiara Bonfiglioli and Sara Žerić, Working Class Women’s Activism in Socialist Yugoslavia, in Comparative Southeast European Studies“, 2022.