It is relatively easy to demonstrate that women are oppressed in Britain, as in other contemporary capitalist societies, but more contentious to speak of a ‘Marxist feminist’ analysis of their oppression. In recent years attempts have been made to
develop a theoretical perspective that might confidently be termed ‘Marxist feminist’, yet the work so generated remains fragmentary and contradictory, lacking a conceptual framework adequate to its project. This, perhaps, is only to be
expected, given the magnitude of the task and the obstacles that any synthesis must overcome.