Today marks International Women’s Day, which has commemorated the struggle for women’s civil rights throughout the twentieth century. The day was originally known as International Working Women’s Day, and for most of its history has been connected with socialist movements and communist states such as China and Soviet Russia. In the mid-1970s, during the height of Second Wave Feminism, the UN recognised International Women’s Day and invited its member states to do the same.
Since the Women’s March on Washington earlier this year, there has been an increased level of vigilance on issues surrounding women’s civil rights in the United States. Many basic political, economic, and cultural entitlements have fallen under threat, and thousands of grassroots campaigns have mobilised all over the country to respond. To mark this year’s IWD, the Women’s March on Washington has called for A Day Without A Woman, a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity for ‘equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people’.
Reads for IWD 2017
- Celebrating the Rise of Superwomen: Carolyn Cocca discusses how women superheroes are changing the we way think about contemporary femininity
- A Visit to Doll Hospital: Bethany Rose Lamont on a print journal that discusses mental health issues through art and literature
- Lauren Elkin on her new book, Flâneuse: Lauren Elkin on the politics of women walking in the city, and the pioneering writers who influenced her
- Alice Munro: Master of the Contemporary Short Story: Robert Thacker discusses the life and work of the Canadian Nobel laureate
- Women Writers at the Movies: Lisa Stead discusses the influence of cinema on a generation of interwar women writers
- International Women’s Day 2016: Celebrate International Women’s Day with a host of interviews and articles across literature, film, and art