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Rhythm A Day Blog for March 8, 2020: International Women's Day

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International Women's Day

International Women's Day has a long history. On February 28, 1909, The Socialist Party of America organized a Women's Day in New York City. The following year at the International Socialist Woman's Conference, it was proposed that every March 8 be honored in memory of working women. It has been celebrated as International Women's Day (aka International Working Women's Day) ever since.

Frauentag 1914 Heraus mit dem Frauenwahlrecht

Poster by Karl Maria Stadler for Women's Day, March 8, 1914,
demanding voting rights for women. This poster was banned in Germany.

(Wikimedia Commons)

After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, it became a national holiday there. Yes, that's three years before the 19th Amendment (granting women the right to vote) was ratified in the US.

International Women's Day was primarily observed in communist countries and by the socialist movement until feminist movement adopted it in the late sixties. 

Women’s Day March (1975)

Women’s Day March poster from the Women's Liberation
Workshop in London (Wikimedia Commons)

The United Nations began celebrating the day in 1975. Observance of  International Women's Day now ranges from being a national holiday celebrating womanhood in some countries, a day of protest in others, and largely ignored in others. 

2018ko martxoak 8, greba feminista Iruñean - Goizeko irudiak 18

International Women's Day, 2018, Pamplona, S[ain
(Wikimedia Commons)

To celebrate International Women's Day, we are going to play parts from the rhythm Guinea FareGuinea means Woman, and Fare means dance: so, the dance for the women.

Today's Video Lesson

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