International Women’s Day
On the 8th of March in 1857 in New York City, immigrant female garment workers joined hands and marched together in protest of the terrible conditions in which they worked.
Fifty years later, 15,000 women gathered in the streets of New York City to demand the same rights that were denied to their sisters fifty years before. What did they want?
An end to child labour, better pay, working conditions that were safe, and shorter hours of work. Bread and Roses was their slogan then and it is still the battle cry of women today.
We want an end to child poverty, access to early learning and national child care programs, equal pay, access to pension plans and retirement security, better access to Employment Insurance benefits and the creation of a national elder care program. We know that all of this is possible.
IWD events in early March across the country and the province are numerous. visit www.internationalwomensday.com for complete information. We have much to celebrate!