Engels in his book The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State points out that the present ascendancy of men does not reflect the position of women in ancient society.
Ashley Walker and Peter Windeler
Using the work of the American, Henry Lewis Morgan, and Marx’s notes, Engels explained that it was private property that overthrew the “Mother Right” which ordered society in pre-history.
The evidence of the “Mother Right” can be traced to the Roman “gens” or clans which were based on the female line and even goes back to the Etruscans, who preceded the Romans, where females were buried with valuables indicating their worth. Women were also buried in the higher status parts of the cemetery.
Men, on the other hand, tended to be buried without valuables and only made it to the “posh” part of the cemetery by achieving outstanding status such as being a successful soldier – showing that the “exception proves the rule”.
The Fawcett society says on its website the following.
“Despite the Equal Pay Act in 1970, women still earn less than men in Britain today. The current gender pay gap means women effectively stop earning relative to men on a day in November. This day is referred to as Equal Pay Day and varies according to the actual pay gap each year. In 2017, Equal Pay Day is on Friday 10th November – the same day as last year.”
So, even after the many decades and centuries in which women have had to fight for everything, for the basic ideal of equal treatment for all people, an ideal so many women have fought and died for, even after all that women are still by this capitalist society we live in denigrated and treated as less, less worthy of pay, less valuable than other workers, less important than men.
It will come as no surprise that this is due to the fact that capitalism unfortunately still exists today.
This is what capitalism does and will always do to find any way to lessen the rights of anyone they can and squeeze every last drop of blood they can from them.
Such treatment, such denigration will never truly be solved until the women and men of this country rise up, join and build combative trade unions that actually fight and call for the biggest general strike this country has ever seen, with the singular demand of the absolute abolition of any unequal treatment of workers of any kind.
That is the perspective of the ISL together with the need for a revolutionary party that will be in the forefront of those struggles alongside all workers.
That is why we need to build for a general strike that joins with the most exploited and most oppressed. Only a united mass struggle on the streets will succeed in that aim.
Workers of Britain rise up! Smash the gender pay gap and smash patriarchal capitalism and all those who serve it!