Clara Zetkin (1857-1933) – Founder of International Women’s Day (March 8)


Working class women all over the world have been agitating for change and revolution for hundreds of years. International Women’s Day was established in 1910 by German Communist Clara Zetkin, at the International Conference of Socialist Women in Copenhagen, and falls annually on March 8th. This marks the World Day of the struggle of the female proletariat for its rights and freedom from capitalist oppression. Clara Zetkin was one of the prominent leaders of the International Women’s Communist Movement. Particularly emphasized was the class content of the holiday. Since 1911, March 8 began to be celebrated around the world. In Petrograd in 1917, women taking direct strike action led to the February Revolution, and then the October Revolution.


Clara Zetkin,after interviewing Lenin in 1920, was a recipient of the Order of the Red Banner (1927), and the Order of Lenin (1932) for her ongoing leftwing political activity. When Adolf Hitler rose to power in 1933, Clara Zetkin had to flee to the Soviet Union for safety. However, not long after arriving, she succumbed to old age and died at 75 years old. Her remains were interned into the Kremlin Wall – such was the value of her life work. In the Soviet Union, March 8th became the recognised day of the women’s-revolutionary action, working for freedom from capitalism and the enslavement by patriarchal moral dogmas and moral taboos. This day united all the workers of the entire world, against the bourgeoisie,and its wars, poverty and fascism. This took on an explosive nature during the 1960’s, that saw women everywhere throwing Molotov cocktails at the forces of the bourgeois system, and joining with men in a concerted attack upon capitalism! March 8th still has this power today, and all women and girls should educate themselves and rise-up against tyranny! Resist the capitalist system and do not allow the defaming of International Women’s Day as just another powerless bourgeois fetish. Remember the battles of the 19th and 20th centuries for the right of women to work, to have decent working conditions, an 8 hour day, and realistic wages!


Women! Against poverty, violence and war, for revolution and socialism – unite!


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