The reason that there is an International Women’s Day on March 8th every year is that women (and men) workers are not strong enough to make every day their day. Almost in resignation to this fact, IWD is in danger of becoming a token event instead of being held in the spirit of the women whose struggle inspired it in the USA . And by those who made it the day of the revolutionary women’s movement in the Russian Revolution or the many examples of truly heroic struggles since such as the Iranian women who mobilized against Khomeini in 1979 to reject the Hijab (see the amazing footage in this clip).
Today it is clear that women are still the ‘second sex’ in the job market, and that ‘woman bashing’ has brutal physical forms and more subtle attitudinal forms.
Yet IWD is kept alive by small bands of radical and revolutionary women over the world despite the defeats that women have faced in the last decades. International Women’s Day will become every day when women and men workers unite to overthrow the capitalist system, and when the last vestiges of patriarchal power are eliminated in a communist society.