Marxist IQ: Women’s History Month (answers)

March 8, 2020
Marxist IQ: Women’s History Month (answers)



1. The workers’ and socialist movement in Europe and the United States played a significant role in the struggle for women’s rights in the 19th century. Which prominent radical feminist was a member of the International Workingman’s Association (first International) led by Karl Marx?

b. Victoria Woodhull

2. International Women’s Day was first established by the Socialist International (Second International) shortly before World War I. Which nation was the first to declare International Women’s Day a national holiday?

c. The Soviet Union

3. Contrary to conventional wisdom, women were among the most militant organizers of labor and against racist oppression in American history. Many of these women were or became activists in the CPUSA. Which one of the following women was not a major working-class leader and CPUSA activist?

d. Clare Booth Luce

4. The Communist movement globally and the CPUSA, in its development of a theoretical position on the “woman question,” called upon class-conscious male workers to

b. fight consciously against male chauvinism in all working-class organizations and areas of life.

5. In recent decades, the women’s rights movement has struggled around a series of major issues. Which of the following has not been a major women’s rights issue?

d. Support for the Reagan, Bush, and Trump administration tax cuts as providing women with more income

6. The revolutionary aspirations of International Women’s Day are perhaps best expressed in this recent quotation from a major figure in the struggle for human rights: “There’s a message there for everyone and it is that people can unite, that democracy from below can challenge oligarchy, that imprisoned migrants can be freed, that fascism can be overcome, and that equality is emancipatory.” Who said this?

c. Angela Davis


Score: 0 wrong: Theoretician. Write an article! Teach a class!!

1 wrong: Developed Marxist. Form a study group, join the party.

2 to 3 wrong: Class conscious worker – study harder.

4 to 5 wrong: Danger! deviations possible. study and then study some more lest you drift into the marsh of opportunism!


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