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As a consequence of their low wages, the women are transformed from mere competitors into unfair competitors who push down the wages of men.
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Bourgeois society is not fundamentally opposed to the bourgeois women's movement, which is proven by the fact that in various states reforms of private and public laws concerning women have been initiated.
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Cheap women's labour eliminates the work of men and if the men want to continue to earn their daily bread, they must put up with low wages.
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During the years 1892 until 1895, the number of female laborers organized in central trade unions grew to around 7,000.
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Each reform, therefore, improving the economical and political situation of the workers proves to be an arm that increases the energy with which the proletarian struggle of classes is fought.
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For reforms ameliorate the situation of the working class, they lighten the weight of the chains labour is burdened with by capitalism, but they are not sufficient to crush capitalism and to emancipate the workers from their tyranny.
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Given the fact that many thousands of female workers are active in history, it is vital for the trade unions to incorporate them into their movement.
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In individual industries where female labour pays an important role, any movement advocating better wages, shorter working hours, etc., would not be doomed from the start because of the attitude of those women workers who are not organized.
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In Rosa Luxemburg the socialist idea was a dominating and powerful passion of both mind and heart, a consuming and creative passion.
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In the interests of their profits, they have fanned the hatred among the people, this contributing to the outbreak of the war.
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In the same manner the capitalists use child labour to depress women's wages and the work of machines to depress all human labour.
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It is not just the women workers who suffer because of the miserable payment of their labour. The male workers, too, suffer because of it.
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Our guiding thought must be: We must not conduct special women's propaganda, but Socialist agitation among women.
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Social Democracy bears the main guilt and responsibility for this phenomenon before the International and history.
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Social Democratic and trade union organs have approved of the illegal invasion of Belgium, of the massacre of suspected guerrillas, as well as their wives and children, as well as the destruction of their homes in various towns and districts.
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The capitalists speculate on the two following factors: the female worker must be paid as poorly as possible and the competition of female labour must be employed to lower the wages of male workers as much as possible.
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The granting of the war credits was the harbinger for the equally comprehensive and revolting process of capitulation of German Social Democracy.
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The machines, the modern mode of production, slowly undermined domestic production and not just for thousands but for millions of women the question arose: Where do we now find our livelihood?
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The most disastrous phenomenon of the current situation is the factor that imperialism is employing for its own ends all the powers of the proletariat, all of its institutions and weapons, which its fighting vanguard has created for its war of liberation.
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The proletarian woman fights hand in hand with the man of her class against capitalist society.
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The workers have nothing to gain from this war, but they stand to lose everything that is dear to them.
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These interests of the workers, as the exploited and oppressed, class of society, are the same in all countries.
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Thus women's work is not only a cheap form of labour, it also cheapens the work of men and for that reason it is doubly appreciated by the capitalist, who craves profits.
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We are not making this demand for the sake of a principle, but in the interests of the proletarian class.
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We would, however, perform an injustice to the bourgeois women's rights movement if we would regard it as solely motivated by economics. No, this movement also contains a more profound spiritual and moral aspect.
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What made women's labour particularly attractive to the capitalists was not only its lower price but also the greater submissiveness of women.
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What practical conclusions may we now draw for our propaganda work among women? The task of this Party Congress must not be to issue detailed practical suggestions, but to draw up general directions for the proletarian women's movement.
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When a battle for suffrage is conducted, it should only be conducted according to socialist principles, and therefore with the demand of universal suffrage for women and men.
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When the men are silent, it is our duty to raise our voices in behalf of our ideals.
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When the men kill, it is up to us women to fight for the preservation of life.
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Women's propaganda must touch upon all those questions which are of great importance to the general proletarian movement. The main task is, indeed, to awaken the women's class consciousness and to incorporate them into the class struggle.
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