Lead paragraph of a final paper I submitted today:
The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State exposes the exploitation, in the author’s view, of a vast class of workers: adult females. In this slim work, Frederick Engels – best known for his collaboration with Karl Marx on The Communist Manifesto – charges the modern capitalist system with the subjugation of women. Engels’ alternative: a society whose members share property, children, and all forms of labor. The realization of this communist vision means no less than the eradication of family life as we know it. Not surprisingly, Engels would welcome such a calamitous upheaval. Calamitous it would surely be, however; for capitalism, by fostering self-sufficient domestic units, affords women far greater freedom and status than imaginable under communism.
Incidentally, this was the essay topic:
Is the oppression of women due to the existence of private property? Use Engels' Origin of the Family as the point of departure of your argument.