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Happy women's day !

March 8th, 2007, 08:25 PM
I know were mostly women here so, here; hope you all had a great day :grouphug:

March 8th, 2007, 08:41 PM
ok I got it , so you girls need a pic of a hot fireman , here you go ; enjoy :p

March 8th, 2007, 08:41 PM
lol I didn't know it was women's day... I thought that was like a month ago. :laughing:

March 8th, 2007, 09:16 PM
LOL, Happy day to all us fabulous, dedicated, wonderful women :thumbs up .

March 8th, 2007, 09:52 PM
No, March 8 is THE days thanks to Alexdra Kollantoi (I'll never get her name right!!!) , a Russian feminist!! (It irks me on occasion to read US publications that leaver her out altogether and claim it as a fallout of events like the triangle fires and while those intrepid women did much to promote women's rights, it WAS the women of eastern Europe who created the idea.. sort of revisionist herstory if you will).

As we go marching marching unnumbered women dead...

(You know thwe line, we battle too for men, for they are mother;s children and we mother them again), in a Women's package prepared in the late 70's for women's events, someone created a 45 (remember those, lol) song that changed the words to :when they get their act together, we'll work with them again" I don't like either of those lines to be honest so one day I will come up with my own but it is tough to change classic like that.

I like Judy Collins' version of it but John Denver has one that is not too bad either. But really, it just sounds better coming from a woman.

What didyou do for the day? I was invited to speak to a group of young women undergraduates about how so many women were entering medical school and urging them to aim for med school. They also had women in other non traditional careers for women tho you know, I am not sure medicine is a non traditional career for women anymore! More than half of our students here are women!

March 8th, 2007, 10:28 PM

International Women's Day
International Women's Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. In ancient Greece, Lysistrata initiated a sexual strike against men in order to end war; during the French Revolution, Parisian women calling for "liberty, equality, fraternity" marched on Versailles to demand women's suffrage.

The idea of an International Women's Day first arose at the turn of the century, which in the industrialized world was a period of expansion and turbulence, booming population growth and radical ideologies. Following is a brief chronology of the most important events:


In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate it on the last Sunday of that month through 1913.


The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women's Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women's rights and to assist in achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament. No fixed date was selected for the observance.


As a result of the decision taken at Copenhagen the previous year, International Women's Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded the right to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.

Less than a week later, on 25 March, the tragic Triangle Fire in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working girls, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This event had a significant impact on labour legislation in the United States, and the working conditions leading up to the disaster were invoked during subsequent observances of International Women's Day.


As part of the peace movement brewing on the eve of World War I, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with their sisters.

With 2 million Russian soldiers dead in the war, Russian women again chose the last Sunday in February to strike for "bread and peace". Political leaders opposed the timing of the strike, but the women went on anyway. The rest is history: Four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. That historic Sunday fell on 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia, but on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere.

Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point for coordinated efforts to demand women's rights and participation in the political and economic process. Increasingly, International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of women's rights.

The Role of the United Nations
Few causes promoted by the United Nations have generated more intense and widespread support than the campaign to promote and protect the equal rights of women. The Charter of the United Nations, signed in San Francisco in 1945, was the first international agreement to proclaim gender equality as a fundamental human right. Since then, the Organization has helped create a historic legacy of internationally agreed strategies, standards, programmes and goals to advance the status of women worldwide.

Over the years, United Nations action for the advancement of women has taken four clear directions: promotion of legal measures; mobilization of public opinion and international action; training and research, including the compilation of gender desegregated statistics; and direct assistance to disadvantaged groups. Today a central organizing principle of the work of the United Nations is that no enduring solution to society's most threatening social, economic and political problems can be found without the full participation, and the full empowerment, of the world's women.


March 8th, 2007, 10:53 PM
Sigh!!! it is disheartening to see even the UN leave out the founding person or at least one of the key organizers (Without Alexandra K influencing Lenin - that's prob why they left it out come to think of it - history is always written from one's perspective and the UN held Lenin in disdain - as do most of the west but that is another story) - sad to see in a way tho, Here is what the Encyclopedia writes:

* March 8, 1857 - women textile workers in New York were fired on by the army while demonstrating for a shorter work week.
* August 1907 - the idea of an annual demonstration in support of working women and women's rights was first proposed by Clara Zetkin at a caucus of socialist women prior to the Second International annual meeting in Germany.
* March 8, 1908 - women workers in the needle trades marched through New York City's Lower East Side to protest child labor, sweatshop working conditions, and demand votes for women.
* 1910 - proposal by Clara Zetkin, at the International Socialist Congress in Copenhagen, designating March 8 be observed annually as International Women's Day, in recognition of the 1908 demonstration by New York needle trades workers.
* March 19, 1911 - Alexandra Kollontai helps organize the first International Women's Day in Germany. Meetings and demonstrations were also held in several other European countries. The date was chosen to commemorate the 1848 promise (not kept) by the Prussian king to introduce votes for women.
* March 8, 1917 (Feb. 23 on the Julian calendar) - Russian women marched in Petrograd to demand bread and peace. With the half a million Russian workers already on strike, the demonstration by the women forced the resignation of Czar Nicholas II and ignited the February Revolution.
* 1922 - At Alexandra Kollontai's urging, Lenin established International Women's Day as a holiday.
* March 8, 1968 - Chicago women revived the celebration of International Women's Day in the USA.
* 1975 - March 8 was recognized as International Women's Day by the United Nations.

I guess I always like to know WHO the faces are behind something - it adds humanity to it.

One of my fav quotes actually is from a canadfin suffragist Nellie McClung - who became a Liberal MLA in Alberta and is one of the Famous Five - (I named a "stray" cat my brothe brought home after her once and then discovered her to be pregnant. She gave birth to four lovely kittens -no vet in those days to give her an abortion or I;d have managed to find enuf money to havr it done. But we found good homes for all her adorable polydactyls!! )

is from her book, In Times Like These =

"The world has long suffered from too much masculinity and ot enough humanity." I think it describes my "brand" of feminism the best - I know people women especially - have debated over socialist feminism vs radical feminism (born of the "new left movement" and small l liberal feminism (nothing to do with our Liberal party but with the concept as proposed by ppl like Voltaire and Locke and John Stuart Mill) and there is another term now being used but I forget, lol I am none of those really but I see myself as one who advocates feminism but I don't believe in advocating for the rights of women while taking away the rights of men. I think one needs equality for all - and yes I know that does sound a tad like classical liberalism but i's more complicated thatn that, lol

At any rate,


March 8th, 2007, 11:10 PM
Bread and Roses

As we go marching, marching
In the beauty of the day
A million darkened kitchens
A thousand mill lofts grey
Are touched with all the radiance
That a sudden sun discloses
For the people hear us singing
Bread and roses, bread and roses

As we go marching, marching
We battle too for men
For they are womens children
And we mother them again
Our lives shall not be sweetened
From birth until life closes
Hearts starve as well as bodies
Give us bread, but give us roses

As we go marching, marching
We bring the greater days
For the rising of the women
Means the rising of the race
No more the drudge and idler
Ten that toil where one reposes
But the sharing of lifes glories
Bread and roses, bread and roses

Words by James Oppenheim (1912

March 9th, 2007, 01:56 AM
hehe, written by a dude.:D :laughing:

I always love reading the feminist poetry and essays from the Victorian period. It just makes us part of something much bigger than bra burning and birth control. :cloud9: (I hate it when people say feminism started in the '60s... :o)