On March 8, 1917, the women textile workers in Petrograd, Russia began a strike that sparked the Russian Revolution, and paved the way to the October Socialist Revolution some months later. International Women's Day was declared a holiday by the triumphant Soviet Republic after seizing power in that same year.
Exactly 100 years later, women workers right here in Boston and across the United States are organizing to resist the misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia and economic oppression which is coming to a head under Trump and his white-supremacist government.
Women, people of color, the LGBTQIA community, immigrants and labor are all under attack, and the enemy enjoys pitting one group against the others in a race to the bottom. We are aware of the fact that all working people share the same enemy, and that enemy is capitalism. The system that places profits over people is a clear and present danger to the lives of working women, especially. Challenging well-established reproductive rights and programs is but the first shot in what will no doubt be a long war by the Republican White House, Congress and Senate against women.
While this may seem like an uphill battle, just imagine how the women textile workers of Petrograd felt a century ago. Cold, malnourished, often working under horrific conditions and in pain; these brave women blazed a trail toward human liberation unprecedented in history up until that time.
Today, as in 1917, the working class is under attack. In this dark time, we find ourselves shoulder-to-shoulder with other workers---perhaps no longer in the mills---but behind the counter, in the hotels and food service kitchens; divided by our office cubicles, but together in the growing spirit of cooperation and solidarity which has blossomed since the January Women's March. On this International Women's Day, we call on the women workers of the Boston Area to stand firmly together with their comrades and allies as we work together toward the historic transition to socialism that our people and planet so urgently need.
Together with the Boston May Day Committee, CPUSA-Boston encourages your participation in a Day Without A Woman-International Women's Day tomorrow! There are a number of events to choose from including: