Monday, March 8, 2010

On March 8

On this day in ...
... 1914, French feminist, socialist, and pacifist Louise Saumoneau led the 1st International Women’s Day commemoration in Paris, used to organize for socialism. Some 2,000 women and men marched and listened to speeches by Socialist Party leaders. Born in 1875 and employed from a young age as a seamstress, Saumoneau had founded a women's movement at age 24. Like her German counterpart Clara Zetkin, Saumoneau had little use for what she called "feminist confusionism"; that is, focus on issues like dowry. Instead, Saumoneau concentrated her efforts in building a working women's movement that also paid heed to the situation of working men. By a decades-old resolution of the United Nations, as we've posted here and here, today marks the global International Women's Day.

(Prior March 8 posts are here, here, and here)

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