Cheers to the Ladies today!
I LOVE Syracuse Cultural Workers, and have since my time of living in that fine town. Check out their empowering goods.Today they sent out this great email, delineating our history and I’d like to share it with all you.
|International Women’s Day|
|A VERY BRIEF HISTORY|
|1908- March 8
Women workers in the needle trades march through NYC’s Lower East Side to protest child labor, sweatshop working conditions, and demand votes for women.
|1913- March 8
On eve of WWI, women across Europe hold peace rallies. IWD thereafter celebrated on March 8.
Uprising of the 20,000 begins, a successful six-month general strike by shirtwaist workers, led by Clara Lemlich and supported by the National Women’s Trade Union League of America ((NWTUL). Factory owners settle the strike in February 2010, offering improved wages, working conditions, and hours.
1300 women from Europe and North America, from countries at war against each other and neutral ones, come together in a Congress of Women to protest the killing and destruction of the war then raging in Europe. Jane Addamselected President of the Congress, and of the International Women’s Committee (later Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom WILPF). Collectively, womenissue 20 resolutions — to end the conflict and negotiate the differences, and some with long-term aims to reduce conflict, prevent war, and lay foundations for a permanent peace.
|1911- March 11
More than one million attend first IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, hold office in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland.
|1911- March 25
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City takes the lives of 146 workers, most of them young immigrant women. Outrage leads to passage of important factory safety legislation in the US.
International Women’s Year declared by the United Nations.
|1912- March 14
10,000 celebrate victorious three-month “bread and roses” strike against American Woolen Company in Lawrence, MA. Many lives lost in this violently-opposed strike of immigrant workers.
|1980 – March
Using March 8 IWD as the focal date, US Congress declares the First Women’s History Week and later in 1987, declared the entire month of March as National Women’s History Month.
|This information appears on the International Women’s Day – 100 Years poster by Favianna Rodriguez, and on the back of the Celebrate International Women’s Day notecard by Estelle Carol.|
|With the emergence of the women’s movement in the 1960’s and 70’s, IWD celebrations occurred across the US and Canada. In many countries (IWD is a national holiday in 30 countries), celebrations have been organized annually since the late 1920’s.|
Cheers to where we have come from and motivation to keep walking forward.