Here’s a little lesson in women’s history for you: While International Women’s Day was originally inspired by women garment and needle workers who marched in New York City in the 19th and early 20th century, the woman to suggest that such a day exist was from an entirely different continent. Her name was Clara Zetkin, a German socialist theologian, and she called for March 8th to commemorate the US demonstrations and honor working women around the world. But you can only imagine the pushback she got. Aspen Institute Vice President Peggy Clark gave us the goods at our Forum for Women and Girls on Monday, and it is pretty amazing:
“The most dangerous sorceress in the Empire.” What an achievement!
So next year when you’re celebrating this historic day, don’t forget that its creator was the baddest witch of the west(ern world).