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The Strike that Made a Difference

Paola Rudan, ∫connessioni Precarie, Non Una di Meno Roma

Abstract

Commenting on three activist documents on the global women’s strike published by the Italian network Non Una di Meno and by the collective ∫connessioni precarie, this text reads the March 8 strike in Italy as part of a transnational process that was both deepened and accelerated by the use of the strike as a feminist practice. The March 8 strike was a political and social strike. It made a difference because it allowed feminism to go beyond the borders of the “woman question,” to become both a mass political practice and a means by which to question the whole neoliberal order at the very moment in which patriarchal violence had begun to be recognized as fundamental to it.

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Keywords

transnational feminism, neoliberalism, precarity, strikes
Published in a Special Section
Transnational Feminist Strikes and Solidarities
Edited by Ramsey McGlazer

This multilingual special section gathers activist texts and theoretical reflections on the International Women's Strike of March 8, 2017. Contributors from Turkey, Argentina, Poland, and Italy consider the strike's implications and effects, emphasizing the ways in which it both indexes and advances, both speaks to and spurs, a radical re-politicization of feminism. Texts by Rita Segato and Françoise Vergès provide critical frameworks for understanding this process. All of the texts collected here—essays, dispatches, chronicles, manifestos, and an interview—indicate the urgency and the promise of a feminism that refuses racism, capitalist exploitation, environmental depredation, and state violence.

Read the full issue.