History of the International Women’s Day

Posted in History of Feminism on March 8, 2009 by theano2009

The first IWD (International Women’s Day) was observed on 28 February 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. The idea of having an international woman’s day was put forward due to bad working condition that women had to stand for years and low wages. As a result clothing and textile  factories staged a protest on 8 March 1857 in New York City.  The protesters were attacked and dispersed by police. These women established their first labor union in the same month two years later.

More protests followed on 8 March in subsequent years, most notably in 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. In 1910 the first international women’s conference was held in Copenhagen by the Second International and an ‘International Women’s Day’ was established, which was submitted by the important German Socialist Clara Zetkin, although no date was specified.  The following year, 1911, IWD was marked by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, on March 19. In the West, International Women’s Day was commemorated during the 1910s and 1920s, but dwindled. It was revived by the rise of feminism in the 1960s.

Demonstrations marking International Women’s Day in Russia proved to be the first stage of the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Following the October Revolution, the Bolshevik feminist Alexandra Kollontai persuaded Lenin to make it an official holiday in the Soviet Union, and it was established, but was a working day until 1965. On May 8, 1965 by the decree of the USSR Presidium of the Supreme Soviet International Women’s Day was declared as a non working day in the USSR “in commemoration of outstanding merits of the Soviet women in communistic construction, in the defense of their Motherland during the Great Patriotic War, their heroism and selflessness at the front and in rear, and also marking the big contribution of women to strengthening friendship between peoples and struggle for the peace.’

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International Women’s Day

Posted in Feminism today on March 6, 2009 by theano2009

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Posted in Uncategorized on March 6, 2009 by theano2009

Women in the Middle East

Posted in Feminism in the East countries on March 6, 2009 by theano2009

   It is know that women’s role in the East countries is still very much degraded. In many regions even nowadays women are considered second-class citizens. Animals such as sheep and horses are considered more useful than women! Women have no right to education, politics, they can not go out for a walk with a man next to them. They have to work hard, they are locked in their houses and they can never go out without a reason. They are often bitten by their fathers or husbands and they have no right to complain about it. If a woman fallin love or worst make love with a man while she’s unmarried, her family has every right to kill her.  Many cases of women who committed “suicide”,  burn their selves etc. Their murderers are never caught, never convicted. On the contrary, they are considered heroes from their families.

   Who has the right to kill a woman and never been imprisoned? Who has the right to kill in the name of the religion?

Feminism and the left politic views

Posted in Feminism and the Left on March 4, 2009 by theano2009

 What is the relationship between feminism and the Left? Are all feminists leftish? Certainly not. Feminism is not a privilige of the leftish. Every one who believes in the equality of the two sexes and trys to make make other people see it too can be characterized as a feminist, either she/he is a leftish or not.

  However many people still connect feminism to the left movement. It is true that many early feminists and advocate’s of women’s rights were considered politically left-wing by their conteporaries.  Feminist pioneers such as Mary Wollstonecraft were influenced by radical thinkers such as Thomas Paine. Many notable leftists have been feminists, such as:  Emma Goldman and Annie Besant, who was involved in various socialist groups. In more recent times the women’s liberation movement is closely connected to the New Left and other new social movements that challenged the orthodoxies of the Old Left. Socialist feminism (e.g.Freedom Socialist Party, Radical Women) and Marxist feminism (e.g. Selma James) saw themselves as very much within the left, even though they challenge its male-dominated and sexist structures. Liberal feminism is closely connected with left-liberalism, and the left-wing of mainstream American politics. (e.g. the National Organization for Women).

   If you are feminist does not mean that you are a lestish too. If you are a leftish then you are certainly a feminist.

Woman’s role in modern society

Posted in Feminism today on March 4, 2009 by theano2009

    In modern society woman’s rights are protected by the Law.  But is the modern woman equal to her husband, to her boss, to her father etc.?  She has to work more hours both at her job and her house and oftenly she has to stand the harassment at her working place.

    She is mostly seen as mother, wife, grandmother, relative, friend. When a girl is born her room is mostly panithed pink, while growing up her relatives are trying to persuade her that her goal is to get married and have children. Every girl is dreaming her wedding, her wedding gown, her future husband…All this brainwash make girls believe that they need nothing more than having a nice family in order to be happy. And what if I don’t want get married? And what if I don’t want to have children? Does this mean that I won’t be happy?

Modern society insists on degrading the woman’s role. Single mothers are faced with suspicion while the support towards them should be even bigger. Additionally, abortion is still a taboo. Women are free to choose their lifes, are free to choose the way they want to live. With or without hauband. With or without children. With or without any kind of boss on their necks.

  Where is the freedom we are talking about? Is every woman equal to one another? Is every woman equal to the Law?