International Women’s Day

Militant Women - by Philip Stein (detail)

March is Women’s History Month, a time for celebrating the achievements and progress made by women all over the world. But the observance actually began as International Women’s Day, when Socialists in the early 1900’s proclaimed March 8th as a day to recognize the role women played in emancipating the working class.

In homage of International Women’s Day, Philip Stein (aka -Estaño), created the acrylic painting Militant Women in 1985. He called his artwork a “rehearsal for the next stage” in human development. Men around the globe have stood with and supported women in their struggle for full equality, and I count myself among those who understand that so long as women are exploited, brutalized, and victimized - none of us are free.

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