Beyond the Fragments

Feminism and the Making of Socialism

By Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright  

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Inspired by the activism of the 1970s that surrounded the triumph of the right under Margaret Thatcher in U.K., Beyond the Fragments was written to create stronger bonds of solidarity in a new left movement that incorporated feminist experiences and perspectives. This new, updated version returns to the fraught question of how to consolidate diverse upsurges of rebellion into effective, open, democratic Left coalitions in the face of deepening recessions, environmental pollution, falling wages and severe welfare cuts.

“Beyond the Fragments offers precious resources, calm voices grounded in experience and the long perspective of present-day activists reflecting on past struggles. It will be a valuable contribution to “the movement” - which will be feminist, and anti-capitalist, and many other things too, if it is to change the world.”

— Interface

“As a new generation of feminists on the revolutionary left, learning from the history of our movement is crucial. We need political mentors. Though some groups today trace their political lineage elsewhere, or perhaps dwell exclusively in the present, for me personally, and in Feminist Fightback, the impact the Women’s Liberation Movement made on the British left is a foundational part of our own political heritage.”

— Alice Robson, Z-Net

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  • New Introduction: Beyond the Fragments (Sheila Rowbotham, 2012)
  • Reporting Back (Hilary Wainwright, 2012)
  • Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow: Between Rebellion and Coalition Building (Lynne Segal, 2012)
  • Original Introduction (Hilary Wainwright, 2012)
  • The Women’s Movement and Organizing for Socialism (Sheila Rowbotham, 1979)
  • A Local Experience (Lynne Segal, 1979)
  • Moving Beyond the Fragments (Hilary Wainwright, 1979)


  • Sheila Rowbotham

    Sheila Rowbotham is a professor in the School of Social Science at the University of Manchester.

  • Lynne Segal

    Lynne Segal is a professor of psychology and gender studies at Birkbeck College, London University.

  • Hilary Wainwright

    Hilary Wainwright is an editor of Red Pepper magazine and is a research director of the New Politics Project of the Transnational Institute.

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