Feminist Fightback

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Feminist Fightback is a feminist anti-capitalist activist collective based in the UK.

History and views[edit]

Feminist Fightback developed out of conferences in 2006 and 2007.[1][2]

Feminist Fightback are considered part of what Robinson has called a "resurgence of feminist activism" in the UK.[3] Dean has described it as a socialist group.[4]


In 2008, Feminist Fightback supported London Underground cleaners who went on strike over a living wage, sick pay, 28 days' holiday, final salary pension, free travel and an end to third party sackings.[5][6]

On 31 January 2015, Feminist Fightback joined housing activists, unions and campaigners to march on Boris Johnson, then Mayor of London, in City Hall and to demand better housing for London.[7]

In 2017, Feminist Fightback supported the strike action by cleaners at the London School of Economics.[8]

Feminist Fightback argues that public sector cuts have a disproportionate effect on women,[9][10][11] and it has campaigned against what it perceives as the disproportionate effect of austerity measures on women.[12]

Feminist Fightback has supported the so-called Focus E15 Campaign in campaigning against the housing crisis[13] and lack of affordable housing available in the UK.

Feminist Fightback are amongst a number of groups, organisations and activists in the UK (including Calais Migrant Solidarity, No One Is Illegal, and London No Borders) campaigning for migrants' rights and freedom of movement and against immigration controls.[14]


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  2. ^ "Feminist Fightback". Feminist Fightback (in American English). Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  3. ^ Robinson, Victoria (2008). Introducing Gender and Women's Studies. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 46. ISBN 9781137310699.
  4. ^ Dean, Jonathan (2010). Rethinking Contemporary Feminist Politics. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 4, 162. ISBN 9780230283213.
  5. ^ Lossifidis, Alex (4 July 2008). "Feminism and the Tube". New Statesman. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Tube cleaners in 'fair wage' call". BBC News (in British English). 16 July 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  7. ^ Townsend, Mark; Kelly, Liam (31 January 2015). "Thousands gather in London to protest against lack of affordable housing". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Supporting the LSE cleaner's strike from the picket lines - The F-Word". www.thefword.org.uk (in British English). 24 June 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  9. ^ Endnotes. "The Logic of gender: On the separation of spheres and the process of abjection". Endnotes. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  10. ^ Davies, Helen (2016). Gender and Austerity in Popular Culture: Femininity, Masculinity and Recession in Film and Television.
  11. ^ "After Beyond the Fragments". www.redpepper.org.uk (in American English). Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  12. ^ Pearson, Anya (15 October 2014). "What mainstream politics can learn from the new wave of feminist activism". New Statesman. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  13. ^ Pettifor, Ann (27 January 2018). "Why building more homes will not solve Britain's housing crisis". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  14. ^ English, Claire Louise (14 December 2017). Safe Cracking: From Safe(r) Spaces to Collectivising Vulnerability in Migrant Solidarity Organising (PhD thesis). University of Leicester. p. 127–128.