Happy International Woman’s day all! Not exactly a huge holiday here in the United States, but it does have an interesting history with roots in the labor movement, which I think explains why. What ever your personal political leanings (no judgements, please) some of my favorite highlights are:
(From the United Nations, Women Watch site)
1909: The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
1917: Against the backdrop of the war, women in Russia again chose to protest and strike for ‘Bread and Peace’ on the last Sunday in February (which fell on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar). Four days later, the Czar abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.
1975: During International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. In adopting its resolution, the General Assembly recognized the role of women in peace efforts and development and urged an end to discrimination and an increase of support for women’s full and equal participation.
And in honor of the day, a free pattern using Lorna’s Laces new yarn Sportmate. Sportmate is a Sport/DK version of Lorna’s Laces Solemate, 70% superwash merino 30% Outlast. Outlast is “a viscose fiber that interacts with your body’s microclimate to moderate temperature from being too hot or too cold”. Its got a slinky silky feeling that is cool to the touch, perfect for a little cowl to keep you warm but not too warm as spring approaches. Download the PDF here.