[Marxism] 'If we stop, the world stops': Behind the millions-strong women’s strike shakes Spanish state
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Thu Mar 15 01:36:00 MDT 2018
Of all the International Women’s Day (IWD) demonstrations in an
unprecedented 177 countries on March 8, the Spanish state stood out as the
site of the largest mobilisation for women’s equality. In fact, it was the
greatest mobilisation for women’s right in history, with almost 6 million
people — overwhelmingly women — striking and demonstrating in about 120
cities and towns.
There were many reasons why. To begin with, the #MeToo campaign of women
film stars, media personalities and political figures coming out against
sexual harassment by creeps in positions of power had a big impact in the
Spanish state, where *machismo* is all-pervasive.
However, that would not by itself have been enough to produce what was the
biggest Spanish mobilisation of women — from all generations and walks of
life — ever.
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