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CONTRIBUTION · 25th February 2011
Ksan House Society
“As we go marching, marching, in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: Bread and Roses! Bread and Roses!

As we go marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women's children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses.

As we go marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient call for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for, but we fight for roses too.

As we go marching, marching, we bring the greater days,
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler, ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life's glories: Bread and roses, bread and roses.

Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; bread and roses, bread and roses.”

International Women’s Day is 100 years strong.

In 1910 the second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women's clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin's suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women's Day was the result. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in Austria, Denmark and Germany on March 19, 1911.

Annually on March 8, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

IWD is an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.


As IWD is celebrated around the world Ksan House Society invites you to a lunch to honour the women in our community.

The lunch will be at the Ksan Residence Shelter on Hall Street, Tuesday March 8th from 12.00 noon to 2.00. Men are welcome.

"No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you - life"  -Artist: Priya Anand Pariyani
"No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you - life" -Artist: Priya Anand Pariyani
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Comment by Sandra Jensen on 27th February 2011
ps - Ed: I dare you to publish this in your rag, but I digress because you won't

Oh, we did but then realized you have never replied to our repeated email requests for your identiy. We now must delete all your comments.
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Comment by Sandra Jensen on 26th February 2011
Just a troll looking to spew anonymous venom. We apologise for posting this persons material.
Indeed!
Comment by Pat#1 on 25th February 2011
What a great read..love the qoute below the picture, how true.
Beautiful!
Comment by Maggie Johnson on 25th February 2011
What a touching and inspirational article!

And thank you for including the men too.