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 International Women’s Day

On Thursday, March 8th, people from around the globe will be celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD), an annual event that honors the various achievements—social, economic, political, and cultural—that females have accomplished. From Australia to America, women will be participating in marches, rallies, conferences, networking events, and online discussions to reflect on the advancements that have been made over time, as well as steps that can be taken in order to continue to promote gender equality.

The History of International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is a global celebration in more than 100 countries today, but many Americans may have only a vague awareness of the holiday. This might soon change, if grassroots organizers (including the group behind this January’s Women’s March on Washington) succeed in their efforts to convince women around the world to join in a “day of action,” including a labor strike, this March 8. As International Women’s Day approaches, take a look back at its origins in the United States more than a century ago, and how far it has come since then.

The first fight for women’s rights dates back to 1908, where 15,000 women took to the streets in New York City to protest for better pay, short working hours, as well as the right to vote. The following year, the Socialist Party of America declared the last Sunday in February as the first National Women’s Day in honor of the strike that took place the previous year.

Between 1913 and 1914, the date was changed from March 19 to March 8. The United Nations (UN) celebrated this annual event for the first time in 1975.

Controversy clouds the history of International Women’s Day. According to a common version of the holiday’s origins, it was established in 1907, to mark the 50th anniversary of a brutally repressed protest by New York City’s female garment and textile workers. But there’s a problem with that story: Neither the 1857 protest nor the 50th anniversary tribute may have actually taken place. In fact, research that emerged in the 1980s suggested that origin myth was invented in the 1950s, as part of a Cold War-era effort to separate International Women’s Day from its socialist roots.

The historian Temma Kaplan revisited the first official National Woman’s Day, held in New York City on February 28, 1909. (The organizers, members of the Socialist Party of America, wanted it to be on a Sunday so that working women could participate.) Thousands of people showed up to various events uniting the suffragist and socialist causes, whose goals had often been at odds. Labor organizer Leonora O’Reilly and others addressed the crowd at the main meeting in the Murray Hill Lyceum, at 34th Street and Third Avenue. In Brooklyn, writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman (of “The Yellow Wall-paper” fame) told the congregation of the Parkside Church: “It is true that a woman’s duty is centered in her home and motherhood…[but] home should mean the whole country, and not be confined to three or four rooms or a city or a state.”

The concept of a “woman’s day” caught on in Europe. On March 19, 1911 (the 40th anniversary of the Paris Commune, a radical socialist government that briefly ruled France in 1871), the first International Woman’s Day was held, drawing more than 1 million people to rallies worldwide. With the outbreak of World War I in 1914, most attempts at social reform ground to a halt, but women continued to march and demonstrate on International Woman’s Day.
Most dramatically, a massive demonstration led by Russian feminist Alexandra Kollontai that began on February 23, 1917 (according to Russia’s Gregorian calendar; it was March 8 in the West) proved to be a link in the chain of events that led to the abdication of Czar Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution. After the czar’s abdication, the provisional government formed until a constituent assembly could be elected became the first government of a major power to grant women the right to vote.

In recognition of its importance, Vladimir Lenin, founder of Russia’s Communist Party, declared Woman’s Day an official Soviet holiday in 1911. Communists in Spain and China later adopted the holiday as well. (Sometime after 1945, the terminology shifted, and “Woman’s Day” became “Women’s Day.”) Until the mid-1970s, International Women’s Day would be celebrated primarily in socialist countries.

In 1975, recognized as International Women’s Year, the United Nations General Assembly began celebrating March 8 as International Women’s Day. By 2014, it was celebrated in more than 100 countries, and had been made an official holiday in more than 25. Over the years, however, many celebrations of International Women’s Day strayed far from the holiday’s political roots. In Argentina, for example, it was largely commercialized, with men buying flowers and other gifts for the women in their lives. In China, despite the country’s long history with International Women’s Day, recent holiday events have focused on shopping and beauty events, such as fashion shows. Last year, in a somewhat bizarre tribute, a group of Chinese men climbed a mountain in dresses and high heels as an attempt to “experience the hardship” of being a woman.

Due to its ties with socialism and communism, perhaps it’s not surprising that International Women’s Day didn’t catch on here in the United States the way it did in other countries. Recently, however, international digital marketing campaigns have brought the holiday (in its less-political form) further into American culture, complete with corporate support from PepsiCo and other brands. In 2017, the official theme for International Women’s Day was Be Bold for Change, a campaign that called on its supporters “to help forge a better working world—a more gender inclusive world.”

For their part, the organizers of the Woman’s March and the planned International Women’s Strike are asking women to go even further: take the day off from paid and unpaid labor, refrain from shopping and wear red in solidarity.

Whether their efforts are successful or not, these groups are seeking to reclaim International Women’s Day and return it to its activist past, by continuing to demand recognition and rights for women and their work.

 2018/3/8 7:32Profile

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 Re: International Women’s Day

I have a feeling that the Church, conservative and otherwise, have to measure their reaction carefully. I get the sense that we are at the beginning of a slide in the opposite direction away from pushing and promoting women. It will be vitally important that the brethren do not side with those riding the reactionary pendulum. If the Church allows itself to become associated with the move it will get tied into political movements that have no likeness to the truth. It will be similar to the socialist-communist vs democratic-capitalist dynamic of decades gone by. We must remain following the Lamb and not turn to the left or the right.

 2018/3/8 19:13Profile

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 Re: International Women’s Day mean these people say there is such a creature as a woman? I thought popular thought is that gender is relative? If this is the case celebrating woman's day is counterproductive.


I think we do well to ignore these foolish movements that will work to deny reality and focus instead on walking with the LORD and listening to his leading, not get sidetracked in all the stupidity that screams for attention - am lecturing to myself.


Sandra Miller

 2018/3/9 20:51Profile

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 Re: ignoramuses

"I think we do well to ignore these foolish movements that will work to deny reality and focus instead on walking with the LORD..."

Because we are walking with the Lord, we cannot ignore!

Christians have compromised, retreated, and been quiet!
Look where it's gotten the church and the world!

The adversary loves such an attitude. He has gained so much territory due to the lack of light beaming and screaming and exposing his dark evil agenda.

May Christians awaken from their slumber, as Keith Green cried out decades ago in his song, "Asleep in the Light".

God Will Remove the Leaders

Isaiah 3:1-12

For behold, the Lord GOD of hosts is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah
            Both supply and support, the whole supply of bread
            And the whole supply of water;
      The mighty man and the warrior,
            The judge and the prophet,
            The diviner and the elder,

      The captain of fifty and the honorable man,
            The counselor and the expert artisan,
            And the skillful enchanter.

      And I will make mere lads their princes,
            And capricious children will rule over them,

      And the people will be oppressed,
            Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor;
            The youth will storm against the elder
            And the inferior against the honorable.

      When a man lays hold of his brother in his father’s house, saying,
            “You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler,
            And these ruins will be under your charge,”

      He will protest on that day, saying,
            “I will not be your healer,
            For in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;
            You should not appoint me ruler of the people.”

      For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen,
            Because their speech and their actions are against the LORD,
            To rebel against His glorious presence.

      The expression of their faces bears witness against them,
            And they display their sin like Sodom;
            They do not even conceal it.
            Woe to them!
            For they have brought evil on themselves.

      Say to the righteous that it will go well with them,
            For they will eat the fruit of their actions.

      Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him,
            For what he deserves will be done to him.

      O My people! Their oppressors are children,
            And women rule over them.
            O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray
            And confuse the direction of your paths.


Schools brace for massive student walkouts over gun violence -
Associated Press

March 11, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. — As schools around the country brace for student walkouts following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, principals and superintendents are scrambling to perform a delicate balancing act: How to let thousands of students exercise their First Amendment rights while not disrupting school and not pulling administrators into the raging debate over gun control.

Some have taken a hard line, promising to suspend students who walk out, while others are using a softer approach, working with students to set up places on campus where they can remember the victims of the Florida shooting and express their views about school safety and gun control.

Since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, demonstrations have sprung up on school campuses around the country. But the first large-scale, co-ordinated national demonstration is planned for March 14, when organizers of the Women’s March have called for a 17-minute walkout, one minute for each of the 17 students and staff members killed in Florida.




Tamika D. Mallory is nationally recognized as a fiery and outspoken champion for social justice who has worked closely with the Obama Administration as an advocate for civil rights issues, equal rights for women, health care, gun violence, and police misconduct. Tamika has been publicly applauded as “a leader of tomorrow” by Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie B. Jarrett and was selected to serve on the transition committee of New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio. She served as a national organizer for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, which drew 300,000, as well as Justice or Else!, where she delivered a national address to over 700,000.


Bob Bland is the CEO + Founder of Manufacture New York (MNY), a social enterprise that is rethinking the fashion ecosystem (design, development, distribution) and creating a new, vertically-integrated business model that will transform apparel & textile production for the 21st century. Their mission is to reawaken and rebuild America’s fashion industry.


Carmen Perez has dedicated 20 years to advocating for many of today's important civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equality, violence prevention, racial healing and community policing.


Linda Sarsour is an award-winning, Brooklyn-born Palestinian-American-Muslim racial justice and civil rights activist, community organizer, social media maverick, and mother of three. Linda has been at the forefront of major social justice campaigns both locally in New York City and nationally. She led the successful, progressive coalition to close New York public schools for the observance of two of Islam's most important holy days, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.


Called an “impressive leader who plays an important role in our progress toward the mountaintop,” by First Lady Michelle Obama, Janaye Ingram has spent her career empowering people and creating change for marginalized communities. She has engaged communities throughout the United States and internationally on issues like civil rights, voting rights & democracy, health care, education, economic empowerment, women's rights and activism.


Breanne is a chef in New York City, and the CEO of 'by Breanne', a fashion and food concept that specializes in candy jewelry. She has been able to use her strength and experience in organizing kitchens to help organize almost 400 marches around the world.


Mrinalini is a proud immigrant from Kolkata, India, who moved to the U.S. eight years ago, by herself, to attend Knox College (a tiny, but awesome, liberal arts college) on an academic scholarship. Mrinalini has been an activist since her teenage years, working primarily on minority rights, and refuses to be a bystander as the rights and safety of immigrants, men and women of color, the LGBTQIA community, and other minorities are threatened.Working on the Women's March is one of the greatest honors in her life and she is proud to be at the forefront of the largest women-led civil rights movement of our times!


Mariam Ehrari is a New York-based resistor. Prior to the Women’s March, she worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign, focused on hiring, and managing the campaign’s internship program. Prior to that, she spent time at the National Economic Council in the Obama White House. She has also worked at New York University’s campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, researching the globalization of American higher education, serving as a teaching assistant for a class on the First Amendment religion clauses, and developing student leadership initiatives.


Sophie Ellman-Golan is a social justice activist committed to organizing for racial and gender justice, queer liberation, and against police violence.


Note the common denominators of each of these persons.

Don't be deceived! Don't underestimate the anti-Christ agenda of both the feminists and the youth.

The two are joined together forming an unholy union and producing many children of disobedience.

Isaiah again,

      O My people! Their oppressors are children,
            And women rule over them.
            O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray
            And confuse the direction of your paths.

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