The women's movement and the left confront an urgent political task; to develop a theory of women's oppression and women's liberation that is simultaneously Marxist and feminist. The problem is not new. The contemporary women's movement, now more than ten years old, has always included a strong trend—known as socialist-feminism or Marxist-feminism—that seeks to merge the two traditions so self-consciously linked with a hyphen. Similarly, the left has in recent years been forced to face weaknesses in its own practice and theory, and has begun to look for better answers to what has generally been termed "the woman question." Yet despite considerable searching and some floundering, neither merger nor answers has appeared.
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