Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Happy International Women's Day

March 8th is International Women's Day. I have the day off for other reasons. But, after living in Kyrgyzstan I am always shocked at how little attention this holiday gets outside of the former Soviet bloc. In Africa and the Middle East it doesn't seem to register any more than in the US.


derRach said...

That is interesting. Compare that Labor Day observance* on the First of May originated in the US, which became the International Workers Day much to the chagrin of Robber Barons and assorted Capitalists, after the Haymarket Incident (May 4, 1886) in Chicago, with International Women's Day which originated in the USSR, which has not gained traction in the US. However, one would think that the Cultural Marxists who rule the roost in Academia would have adopted it though. Funny thing that, it must not have fit their playbook?

* "In October 1884, a convention held by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions unanimously set May 1, 1886, as the date by which the eight-hour work day would become standard."

I remark that the Haymarket Incident was never taught in any of my history classes in high school or college. Instead we were taught that the evil Communists were its inspiration. Thus May First was to be shunned.

J. Otto Pohl said...


International Women's Day also originated in the US in 1909. It only made it to Europe in 1911 and Soviet Russia in 1922.