International Women’s Day

08 March 2019 is International Women’s Day, when we acknowledge the achievements and struggles of women everywhere.

International Women’s Day was started by women from all over the world more than 100 years ago. Originally conceived by the Socialist Party of America as National Woman’s Day in 1909, since 1914 International Women’s Day has been held on 8 March when people from labour movements took to the streets to fight for the rights of women.

Many Labour groups are also holding events at this weekend and we have links in this posting to pieces written by women such as Labour’s equalities lead Dawn Butler who has summarized the party’s priorities and policy pledges and reminds us that Tory austerity has disproportionately affected women. [Dawn Butler: “Let’s build on our radical agenda to empower women”]

Ever wondered what the EU has done for women? All female Labour MEPs have come together to write a piece for LabourList on their gender equality work in Europe and how EU laws have helped make progress. [They say Brexit could hinder those goals for women.]