Next Tuesday, the 8th of March we will celebrate International Women’s Day. This year’s celebration will be a special event as it will be the centenary of that glorious day.
Below is a post from the archives in honour of the day and those it celebrates….


A painting by Charles White that always inspired me, it shows the strength and love of a woman.

First, a question… why is there a special day designated for women? For centuries women took a ‘back seat’ in all social and political issues, forbidden to work, vote, and receive an education…. Yet they fought these injustices and won. Doing so, they proved that they are truly equal.. in fact in many cases superior to men.

Women are special! The first person to kiss us at our birth was a woman. The person that carried us for nine months with much discomfort and pain was a woman. For this woman, there is yet another special day set aside; Mother’s Day.

As a political activist, it was mostly women that inspired me to become what I am today… to name just a few there was/is …

My Mother Esther—a Saint in her own right

Freda Gardner—a family friend, left wing activist

Ann Yellin —–a family friend, trade union activist

Helen Keller——’handicapped’ person that wouldn’t accept limitations
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn—-communist leader, Joe Hill’s ‘Rebel Girl’
Rosa Parks—-civil rights activist
My Aunt Sarah——who taught me that every human being has his worth.

My dear cousin Fran Korotzer (AKA Chippy Dee) — an Associate of this Blog. She has been a part of the Struggle for the Social Justice of ALL Mankind for as long as I can remember, never taking her ‘eyes off the prize’. She has, over the past few years, become more of a sister to me than a cousin.


There are more, many more… but the point remains that it was and is women that are the molders of what we are today. It is women that continued to make our world a better place despite every attempt to ‘keep them in their place’. They have proven that their place is where they want it to be… in politics, in the workplace, in the home and in the community. The same Neanderthal mentality that tried to keep them down is the same mentality that has tried to keep minorities down all over the world. This type of thinking cannot and will not be tolerated.

It used to be said that ‘behind every great man there stands a woman’… this is so not the case. In reality it should say ‘wherever there is a great man, there is a woman just as great or greater’.

Let us all salute the women in our life, past and present… not only on International Women’s Day… but everyday. Let us never forget their greatness, their love and the patience they have shown to the injustices that they were forced to put up with. Let us celebrate their day every day… without them we wouldn’t be here!

Helen Keller

Rosa Parks

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn


The following poster appears on the March 2011 page of the Peace Calendar


  1. Mark said,

    March 2, 2011 at 18:24

    I’m sure you meant “International Working Women’s Day,” rather than the Hallmark version.

  2. Robert said,

    March 2, 2011 at 21:00

    None are more dear to me than my wonderful mother (may she rest in peace), my beautifly wife who has given me seven wonderful children (and now 36 grandchildren), my three daughter,s granddaughters, and daughter-in-laws, all of whom are the world to me. But now they have to fend in a world where some have destroyed the integrity and loftiness of womanhood with their leftist, communist, family destroying, and debilitating philosophy of a woman’s femine charactor. Once women were put on a pedastel, where men would go out of the way to do all, even give their lives (some still do) to preserve the life and integrity of a woman. But people like those mentioned above have done irreparable harm to the integrity and character of womanhood.

  3. mikael said,

    March 2, 2011 at 22:02

    I have my self fighted for Womens rights. You wont belive the rubbich and stupid dogmas they are able to come up whith, regarding women.
    I grew up whith strong and independent girls and women, and as a young man, it was a eyeopener.
    To me its the ultimate display of weakness, that men are afraid of womens Godgiven right to walk and talk beside men.

    Look at the conflict zone, militia behind bunkers, not withnesing all the mothers running around the batlefield for food, childrens cear, farming everydaylife in a warzone, among granates and whith bullets flying, and that is not even considered as Bravery.
    I se Grandmothers whith Cojones bigger that moust of the so-called worriors can muster, innside thier APC and Bunckers, and their pathetic war games..
    And today almost all the victims of wars are sivilians, everywhere.
    “I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”
    — Anaïs Nin

  4. skulz fontaine said,

    March 3, 2011 at 00:39

    And Rachel Corrie. For obvious reasons.

  5. Lenny said,

    March 3, 2011 at 08:11

    Thanks for including Rebel Girl, one of my most admired people. She would have been in Wisconsin raising hell as she did in every labor trouble during her time.

  6. Somerville said,

    March 3, 2011 at 16:55

    Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was a woman’s woman! I so admire her courage and commitment to the plight of workers and to her support of the union movement in this country. Good to see her honored here!

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