The Rise and Demise of Women's Liberation:
Year Published: 1977
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22818
Dixon uses a Marxist analysis to try to explain the decline of the women's liberation movement in the 1970's.
The history of the rise and demise of Women's Liberation is a primer for a study of the fatal weaknesses that infected all the New Left struggles of the l960s. The collapse of Womens Liberation shortly followed the general collapse of the New Left in the early 1970s. Hindsight makes clear that the fatal flaw of the New Left lay in its inability to recognize the determinative role of class conflict. It was consequently unable to distinguish between class antagonisms within mass movements, a product of the failure to comprehend that revolutionary movements arise and flourish only within revolutionary classes.