International Women’s Day was celebrated Tuesday (March 8). It’s become a mainstream observance—but often it is is taking on a corporate flavor, a day to celebrate women’s “success.” That’s ironic because IWD was initiated back in 1911 by feminist leaders in the American socialist movement, and was soon taken up by the socialist International—to honor the heroism and the plight of women workers. Its observance in Russia in 1917 was said to have been the spark that ignited the Bolshevik revolution, when women textile workers marked the day with a major strike. So this week on the radio we’ll celebrate IWD with songs honoring women’s labor struggles, including some that were sung in the midst of the struggles by women sweatshop workers in NY—the struggles that were originally commemorated by the first IWD.
International Women’s Day is a socialist plot
culture of protest thurs 6 pm pst kcsb 91.9fm