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Episode Info: If you follow the news, you might have noticed a word coming up more and more frequently: “socialism.” Not only was it name-dropped by the president in his 2019 State of the Union address, but politicians aligning themselves with Democratic Socialism have been winning elections and making headlines, and grassroots socialist organizing has been experiencing a renaissance all over the country. As with many concepts that circulate in news discourse, socialism isn’t something that the media is great at defining in a concrete or unified way - conservative sources often use it as as a term roughly synonymous with pure evil, while more centrist or liberal-leaning outlets tend to portray its policies and purveyors as impractical and idealistic.In this episode, Sophie Wodzak - re:verb co-producer and and co-chair of the Pittsburgh Democratic Socialists of America’s Socialist Feminism Committee - sits down with her DSA SocFem co-chair Crystal Grabowski to demystify the concept of socialism and link it to the battles for intersectional social and economic justice that encompass Socialist Feminism. Sophie and Crystal begin by breaking down the distinctions between Socialist Feminism and Liberal Feminism, before launching into conversation about the rhetorical know-how they draw upon when engaging other people in political dialogues about topics ranging from reproductive justice to economic and gender equality. Some of these efforts include the ongoing local campaign to #ExposeFakeClinics ( that work to obfuscate women’s healthcare options, as well as building a broad social movement through solidarity with women’s movements across the country and around the world during the International Women’s Strike (see links below).Works & Concepts Cited in this EpisodeDishman, L. (2015, Dec. 10). What Marissa Mayer’s maternity leave decision means for working parents at Yahoo. Fast Company. Retrieved from:, J. (2013, Feb. 26). Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer causes uproar with telecommuting ban. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from:, C. (2018, May 26). Ireland votes to repeal the 8th amendment in historic abortion referendum - and marks a huge cultural shift. The Conversation. Retrieved from:, D. (2015). Reproductive justice, not just rights. Dissent. Retrieved from:, A. (2005). Beyond pro-choice versus pro-life: Women of color and reproductive justice. NWSA Journal, 17(1), pp. 119-140. [Available at:
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