The first IWD was held in the US on Feb. 28, 1909 and was sponsored by the Socialist Party of America. In 1910 the Second Socialist International meeting in Copenhagen decided to establish an International Women's Day to promote "equal rights" for women. In 1917 demonstrations on Feb. 28 in the Julian calendar (March 8 in the Gregorian calendar) set off the February Revolution in Russia. Following the October Revolution, Lenin made it a national holiday and in 1965 the Soviet Union made it a non-working holiday.
In Communist countries IWD was promoted as an alternative to "Mother's Day," which was too Christian and too "bourgeois" for them. An interesting letter to the editor ran in The National Post today from E. Sherrif:
Your Saturday columns on International Women’s Day brought back memories of my childhood in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. There also, International Women’s Day was celebrated every March 8, having replaced the “bourgeois” Mother’s Day. Widely known and referred only by the Czech acronym MDZ, it was a big deal at every school and every workplace, as it lent itself to communist propaganda and feminist rhetoric very similar to that which would come to North America two decades later. The biggest irony of all: On this holiday, the overworked “liberated” women were the ones expected to do everything related to the festivities, from entertainment to food preparation. When I came to Canada it was refreshing not to hear about the International Women’s Day — until recently.B. Sherriff can rest assured that he can read at least this blog without ever being wished "Happy IWD."
Please don’t wish me “Happy Women’s Day,” even as a joke.
IWD is not a holiday which has a long history in the West. It was first celebrated in the West in 1977 after the United Nations called on member states to celebrate March 8 as a day of women's rights and international peace.
So IWD was originally a Marxist alternative to Mother's Day and a marker of significant events in world communist history that only gets transplanted into the West after the cultural revolutions of the 1960s. The second wave feminism that emerged in the 1960s, which has been destructive of the family, is heavily influenced by Marxist analysis and seeks to overthrow the family as a major impediment to Marxist revolution.
Parents should demand that this event not be observed in public schools because it is antithetical to our traditions and free way of life. Politicians should be censured for acknowledging it. Women's groups which push it should be called "Communists" and "Marxists" and should be shunned. In short, we as a society should reject the cultural Marxism that is trying to destroy our freedom, our culture and our families.
IWD is nothing but a symbol of what one person terms: "personal libertinism coupled with bureaucratic tyranny."