For International Women’s Day, Dr Jackie Bailey makes a call for a renewed commitment to supporting women in collective action.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has its roots firmly planted in the soil of collective action. One hundred and ten years ago, 100 delegates at the International Socialist Women’s Conference supported a proposal by German activist Luise Zietz for an annual women’s day. At the first ever International Women’s Day in 1911, more than a million people marched at locations across the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Australia’s first IWD was organised by the Militant Women’s Movement, who marched for equal pay, paid leave and an eight-hour working day for ‘shop girls’ in Sydney in 1928.
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